Maurice Brazil Prendergast, ‘Revere Beach’, ca. 1896-97, White House Historical Association

This watercolor landscape of Revere Beach in Revere, Massachusetts by Maurice Brazil Prendergast was completed around 1896-1897. Prendergast captures a sunny day at the beach with swimmers, walkers, and sunbathers out enjoying a leisurely day. He was a Canadian-born painter who is known as a Post-Impressionist. He has two paintings in the White House Collection.

Image rights: White House Collection/White House Historical Association

Gift of Arthur G. Altschul, in memory of Stephanie Wagner Altschul

About Maurice Brazil Prendergast

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.

Canadian-American, 1858-1924, St. John's, Canada, based in New York, NY, United States