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Maurice Pendergast

Autumn View
circa 1910-1913

Watercolor on paper
measuring 10 x 14 inches

(American, 1858-1924)

The “father of Modernism” Maurice Prendergast is known as neo-impressionist rather than an “Ash-Can” painter who was a member of the famous 1908 group “The Eight.” He is known for his lively, playful scenes of parks and beaches that combine bold contoured forms with decorative surface patterning and bright, prismatic color. For most of his career he worked primarily in watercolor, but in the mid-teens began to paint more in oil and he made over 210 monotypes (1892-1905).

Prendergast was a painter, illustrator and graphic artist who was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1858. His family came to Boston in 1861, then to Winchester, MA and finally to New York City in 1914. Prendergast studied at the Academie Julian in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens (1887-1889); at the Académie Colaross , Rome with Blanc (1891-1895) and the Canadian J.W. Morrice in Paris. He traveled abroad six times. He was a member of the New York Water Color Club; Copley Society (1898); Boston Water Color Club; Guild of Boston Artists; American Painters and Sculptors; The Eight (1908), Society of Independent Artists and the New Society of Artists.

Prendergast is represented in almost all major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Boston's Museum of Fine Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Williams College Museum (including archival material); Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum; Worcester Art Museum; Cincinnati Museum of Art; Carnegie Institute; Detroit Institute of Art; Fogg Museum; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute; Terra Museum of American Art; Lehigh University; Los Angeles County Museum and many more throughout the world.

By the time of his death in New York City in 1924, Prendergast had become one of the most famous American painters, well known for his views of the coastlines, beaches and parks in and around New England and Italy.