Ashcan School - Maurice Prendergast part 2

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858 – 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist who worked in oil, watercolour, and monotype. He exhibited as a member of The Eight associated with the Ashcan School, though the delicacy of his compositions and mosaic-like beauty of his style differed from the philosophy of the group.

Prendergast's work was strongly associated from the beginning with leisurely scenes set on beaches and in parks. His early work was mostly in watercolour or monotype, and he produced over two hundred monotypes between 1895 and 1902. He also experimented with oil painting in the 1890s, but did not focus on that medium until the early 1900s.

He developed and continued to elaborate a highly personal style, with boldly contrasting, jewel-like colours, and flattened, patternlike forms rhythmically arranged on a canvas. Forms were radically simplified and presented in flat areas of bright, unmodulated colour. His paintings have been aptly described as tapestry-like or resembling mosaics.

This is part 2 of a 7-part post on the works of Maurice Prendergast. For biographical notes, and for earlier works, see part 1.

c1896-97 Franklin Park, Boston pencil & watercolour 32.4 x 49.5 cm

c1896-97 Franklin Park, Boston pencil & watercolour 45.1 x 33.7 cm

c1896-97 Float at Low Tide, Revere Beach pencil & watercolour 33.7 x 23.5 cm

c1896-97 Handkerchief Point (Coastal Scene) pencil & watercolour 34.3 x 49.8 cm

c1896-97 Ladies with Parasols pencil & watercolour 32.4 x 25.4 cm

c1896-97 Handkerchief Point pencil & watercolour 50.5 x 34.9 cm

c1896-97 Low Tide pencil & watercolour 30.5 x 47.6 cm

c1896-97 Low Tide pencil & watercolour 40 x 28.4 cm

c1896-97 Low Tide pencil & watercolour 35.6 x 25.4 cm

c1896-97 Low Tide, Nantucket pencil & watercolour 20.1 x 14 cm

c1896-97 New England Beach Scene pencil & watercolour 34.9 x 50.2 cm

c1896-97 Revere Beach pencil & watercolour 35.2 x 50.8 cm

c1896-97 Revere Beach pencil & watercolour 24.1 x 34 cm

c1896-97 Revere Beach, Boston watercolour 34.6 x 30.8 cm

c1896-97 The Stony Beach, Ogunquit watercolour 53 x 35.6 cm

c1896-97 Strolling in the Park pencil & watercolour 35.2 x 25.4 cm



1898 St. Mark's, Venice pencil & watercolour 35.9 x 49.5 cm


1898 Venice pencil, watercolour & gouache 47 x 38.7 cm

1898 Pincian Hill, Rome pencil & watercolour 52.7 x 68.3 cm


1898-99 Market Scene monotype & pencil on paper 20 x 23.8 cm


1898-99 Lacemakers, Venice pencil & watercolour 34.9 x 24.8 cm

1898-99 Fiesta - Venice - S. Pietri in Volta pencil & watercolour 34 x 31.7 cm

1898-99 Roma, Flower Stall monotypae & pencil on paper 23.8 x 19 cm

c1898-99 Easter Procession, St. Marks pencil & watercolour 45.7 x 35.6 cm

c1898-99 Afternoon, Pincian Hill pencil & watercolour 38.4 x 27 cm

c1898-99 Head of a Girl (with Roses) monotype on paper 15.9 x 13.6 cm

c1898-99 Grand Canal, Venice pencil & watercolour 23.5 x 34.6 cm

c1898-99 Piazza of St. Marks pencil & watercolour 41 x 35.9 cm

c1898-99 Picnic with Red Umbrella monotype & pencil on paper 23.5 x 19 cm

c1898-99 Ponte della Paglia pencil & watercolour 45.1 x 35.9 cm

c1898-99 Ponte della Paglia pencil & watercolour on paper

c1898-99 Rainy Day, Sienna pencil & watercolour 47.6 x 33 cm

c1898-99 Riva San Biagio, Venice pencil & watercolour 30.5 x 26.7 cm

c1898-99 Riva degli Schiavoni pencil & watercolour on paper

c1898-99 Sienna - Column of the Wolf pencil & watercolour 48.3 x 24.1 cm

c1898-99 Sienna pencil & watercolour 31.7 x 51.5 cm

c1898-99 St. Mark's Square, Venice pencil & watercolour 66 x 15.2 cm

c1898-99 The Grand Canal, Venice pencil & watercolour 46.4 x 38.1 cm

c1898-99 The Lido, Venice pencil & watercolour 26.7 x 38.1 cm

c1898-99 The Porch with the Old Mosaics, St. Marks, Venice pencil & watercolour 40.6 x 29.2 cm

c1898-99 Umbrellas in the Rain pencil & watercolour 35.6 x 53 cm

c1898-99 The Spanish Steps monotype on paper 29.7 x 19 cm

c1898-99 Venetian Canal Scene pencil & watercolour 35.2 x 51.7 cm

c1898-99 Venetian Scene pencil & watercolour 22.9 x 27.9 cm

c1898-9 Assisi 39.1 x 28 cm

c1898-9 At the Shore (Capri) 25.4 x 35.6 cm

c1898-99 Venice pencil & paper 43.8 x 39.4 cm


1899 Procession, Venice watercolour & gouache 27.9 x 31 cm


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