Maurice Prendergast By The Sea
Author: Joachim Homann
Publisher/Date: Prestel/Bowdoin College Museum of Art (c. 2013) Published to accompany the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New blue cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 176 pages, notes. Dimensions: 11.25 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches. Lavishly illustrated in color.
Description: The seaside watercolors, paintings, monotypes, and sketches of Maurice Prendergast (1858–1924) invite viewers into a world of sunlight and sailboats, leisure and amusement. Accompanying the first retrospective of Prendergast's work in more than two decades, this exhibition catalogue traces the American artist's experiments with different media and highlights his increasingly bold and modernist approach to depicting scenes of New England's beaches and resorts.
This selection of works in a variety of media focuses on Prendergast’s creative process as he imaginatively and innovatively captured the look and feel of coastlines from New England. This book traces the artist’s experiments with different media and highlights innovative techniques that established his reputation as early modernist. This volume also features contributions by an impressive roster of distinguished scholars whose essays provide fresh ways of thinking about a quintessentially American artist. Sumptuously illustrated, this appealing volume celebrates one of the nation’s most popular and canonical painters.
Filled with more than 100 exquisite color reproductions of Prendergast's luminous paintings, both well-known and those rarely seen, the book serves as a fine introduction to this appealing yet underappreciated post-Impressionist.