Maurice Brazil Prendergast
Nationality & Life Dates:
Watercolor and gouache on paperboard
11 x 12 3/16 inches
Bequest of John Gardner Greene in memory of his uncle, Howard Gardner Nichols
On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 101, Works on Paper Gallery and Study Room
Maurice Prendergast spent his entire life in the pursuit of art. The cityscape of Venice dominates his work of the period during which he arrived at a heightened command of the elusive and difficult medium of watercolor. His response to the visual excitement of Venice is especially keen in his watercolors of the city’s great public spaces, where an atmosphere of pageantry prevails. In Procession, Venice, Prendergast used the transparent properties of watercolor to maximum effect, laying in clearly separated color notes while keeping overlapping passages of wash to a minimum.