Colorful Celebrations of Public Life : Notes on Maurice Prendergast

Oct. 10 is the birthday of an American artist whose vibrant paintings can give us a welcome little escape from the stresses of pandemic life.

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Prendergast, “The Grand Canal, Venice,” c. 1898–9. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection,
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Prendergast, “Salem Willows,” 1904. Terra Foundation for American Art. Image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “Central Park,” 1901. Whitney Museum. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “Handkerchief Point,” 1896–7. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “Umbrellas in the Rain,” 1899, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image in public domain.
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Photo of Prendergast in public domain via Wikimedia. Credit. Gertrude Käsebier
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Prendergast, “West Church Boston, “ 1900–1. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “Sunlight on the Piazzetta,” 1888–9. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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Prendergast, “Still Life,” 1910–13. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “Picnic,” c. 1913–6. Phillips Collection. Image in public domain.

Gritty Urban Realist?

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Prendergast, “Franklin Park Boston,” 1895–7. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection. Image is in public domain.
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Prendergast, “The Mall, Central Park,” c. 1900/1903. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. Image in public domain.
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Everett Shinn (American, 1876–1953). Fifth Avenue, 1910. Brooklyn Museum. Image in the public domain.
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Bellows, “Cliff Dwellers,” 1913. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Image in public domain.
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Duchamp, “Nu descendant un escalier n° 2/Nude Descending a Staircase,” 1912. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “Landscape With Figures,” c. 1912. Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York. Image in public domain.
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Prendergast, “ Idyll,”c. 1912–5. Barnes Foundation. Image in public domain.

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