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Sunday on the Beach

Maurice Brazil Prendergast

American Art

Maurice Prendergast was one of the first Americans to use watercolor in a modernist manner, allowing passages of unpainted paper to play a role in the description of summarily described forms. Prendergast’s style and his subjects were largely inspired by the French Post-Impressionist art he had encountered as a student in Paris in the early 1890s. His best-known theme was the modern pursuit of leisure by the middle classes, in parks and at beaches like this one near Boston.
MEDIUM Watercolor on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1896-1898
DIMENSIONS 17 3/4 x 13 5/16 in. (45.1 x 33.8 cm) Frame: 21 1/2 x 16 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (54.6 x 41.6 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left in black ink: "Prendergast"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr.
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, 1858-1924). Sunday on the Beach, ca. 1896-1898. Watercolor on cream, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper, 17 3/4 x 13 5/16 in. (45.1 x 33.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr., 65.204.9 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.204.9_cropped_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 65.204.9_cropped_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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