Maurice Prendergast (1859 - 1924)

19th- and 20th-century American Painting

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New England Village
Edward Potthast's contemporary, Maurice Prendergast, was also a masterful artist on paper, particularly in the watercolor and monotype media. However, his artistic vision was more modern than Potthast's. The flattened decorative patterning, cropped elements and simplification of forms as distilled by Whistler from Japanese art is evident in Prendergast's work. However, Prendergast infuses his works with a playful color, lyrical calligraphic line, and a whimsical arrangement of form to produce works unique to American art.

In the 1910s, Prendergast's works on paper became increasingly characterized by larger more gestural forms, more varied energetic washes, and greater pictorial density. That density is enhanced by the artist's combination of pastel with watercolor.

Prendergast's monotypes echo his watercolors in terms of subject matter and style. However, they are more painterly than his early watercolors.

Selected Permanent Collections:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, Illinois
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


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