Maurice Brazil Prendergast was a leading American modernist in the early twentieth century. His distinctive style, which evokes the dappled effects of sunlight, was influenced both by French Impressionism and by his travels to Venice, where he was struck by the shimmering colors of the mosaics in the Basilica of San Marco. This painting depicts Gloucester, a seaside town and artists’ colony not far from Boston. Just as popular tourist towns such as Argenteuil (near Paris) provided modern subject matter for the French Impressionists, so too does Gloucester appear repeatedly in the work of Prendergast and his contemporaries.
Maurice Brazil Prendergast
American, born Canada, 1858‒1924
Oil on panel
10 5/8 x 13 ¾ in. (27.0 x 34.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast in honor of President Thomas and Mrs. Ellen Ehrlich, 91.23