Maurice Brazil Prendergast
Canadian-American, 1858-1924
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Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2018
19th and 20th Century American Art,
Debra Force Fine Art
Summer Show,
Debra Force Fine Art
2017
Matisse and American Art,
Montclair Art Museum

Maurice Prendergast's distinctive Post-Impressionist paintings are instantly recognizable for their vibrant curvilinear patterning and decorative, almost jewel-like quality. Prendergast primarily painted landscapes, occasionally collaborating with his brother Charles, a painter and frame maker. Although he exhibited with members of the Ashcan School, whose style tended toward the gritty and urban, Prendergast chose pleasant and picturesque subjects for his compositions, like sunny beaches and lush parks. His early-career interest in watercolors gave way to a strong interest in oils, in which he would render his best known works.