Maurice Prendergast traveled frequently and widely in search of appealing subjects. But regardless of the city in which he planted his easel, the artist always preferred to paint its popular shopping districts, its parks or its beaches. Such comfortable and fashionable settings allowed him to introduce increasingly strong color and abstract effects to his paintings without confounding collectors with unfamiliar subject matter.
This watercolor depicts the seaside at Salem, Massachusetts. It features the type of loose brushwork that characterized the latter portion of Prendergast’s oeuvre, or body of work. The stylized figures and landscape elements stacked up in interlocking horizontal bands give a strong sense of the motion and activity of a sunny day by the sea.
Place object was created: United States
watercolor, pastel, graphite, paper (fiber product)
Measurements: frame height: 24.5 inches frame width: 29.13 inches smallest height: 10.875 inches smallest width: 15 inchesGift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary 1977.2
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN