Saturday, June 7, 2014

Maurice Prendergast (1861-1924) paints children in the park...



 1895 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) Franklin Park, Boston (1895-1898)

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924) was an American artist who worked mostly in watercolor, & monotype. He is known for the delicacy of his compositions & mosaic-like beauty of his style.  Prendergast painted leisurely scenes set on beaches & in parks with boldly contrasting, bright jewel colors, & pattern forms rhythmically arranged on canvas. 


 1898 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) Franklin Park, Boston



 1900 Maurice  Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-03 Ring around the Rosy



 1900 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-01 In Central Park, New York

Many of the children in these paintings are in Central Park. Construction of New York City's Central Park began in 1857, on 840 acres in the center of Manhattan. The terrain was unsuitable for commercial building due to its combination of swampy & rocky areas. City planners & the park’s designer Frederick Law Olmsted envisioned an area with the feel of unspoiled countryside, where gentlemen & ladies could relax & socialize. Park rules favored sedate behavior. By the end of the 19C however, activities were allowed on Sundays, & people were allowed to walk in the expansive grassy areas.



 1900 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-01 Merry-Go-Round, Nahant



 1900 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-01 The Flying Horses



 1900 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-01 West Church, Boston



 1900 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-03 Columbus Circle (New York)



 1900 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-03 In the Park



1907 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1907-10 Children in the Park


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