BIOGRAPHIES

MAURICE BRAZIL PRENDERGAST (1858 - 1924)

Born in Newfoundland, Prendergast won renown as a painter of urban genre scenes and landscapes. In 1868 his family moved to Boston. In 1884 he and his brother, Charles, traveled in Europe. From 1886 to 1890, he worked as a designer of showcards and learned lettering and design. Prendergast was a self-taught artist until he enrolled at the Académie Julian in Paris in 1891. It was there that he probably learned the monotype technique. Between 1891 and 1902, he is thought to have created approximately two hundred monotypes. In 1894 Prendergast returned to Boston, but after a few years returned to Europe. From 1898 to 1899, he traveled in Italy, and from 1907 to 1914, he traveled back and forth to Italy and France several times. In 1908 he showed work with the American group called The Eight. He also helped organize the Armory Show in New York in 1913. He was appointed to the selection committees of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, the group that initiated the Armory Show, and was elected its president in 1914. Among other exhibitions, Prendergast showed work at the Cincinnati Museum Association, the National Arts Club, and the Society of Independent Artists. He was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901 and the third-place medal at the Corcoran Gallery of Art's ninth biennial in 1923.


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