Prendergast brothers in spotlight at New Britain Museum of American Art

Published on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:31
Written by Angie DeRosa


NEW BRITAIN - A new exhibition opening Friday at the New Britain Museum of American Art will showcase the works of Maurice and Charles Prendergast.

“American Post-Impressionists: Maurice & Charles Prendergast” will feature over 100 works, including paintings, sculptures, frames, sketchbooks, photographs, letters and tools in the museum’s Stitzer Family Gallery.

It will focus on the artistic bond shared by the brothers and trace the development of their work throughout their careers as well as their involvements in the Post-Impressionism and Arts and Crafts movements.

Beginning with Maurice’s early works of the 1890s, during his studies in Paris, the exhibit follows him back to the United Stated, to which he returned in 1894.

Many of his paintings were inspired by his travels to Italy, France, Maine and Massachusetts and reflect the avant-garde techniques of Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse.

The collection also shows his evolution toward more abstract depictions of figures and landscapes, which led to his reputation as the “first American modernist.”

It will feature well-known and rare scenes of leisure, landscape, winter scenes, still lifes and portraits.

As an artist living at the time of the Arts and Crafts movement in Boston, Charles Prendergast produced hand-carved frames for notable artists of his time such as John Singer Sargent.

Later, he devised a method of painting on carved and incised panels, which would become influential in American primitive art in the early 20th century.

The exhibition also will showcase folk art compositions that Charles Prendergast produced while living in Westport.

“American Post-Impressionists: Maurice & Charles Prendergast” will be on display through June 10.

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