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[[underline]] MAURICE PRENDERGAST [[/underline]] Born in Boston 1859. He was apprenticed to a painter of showcards and supported himself at the age of 15 by this work. He would spend his free time sketching in the country around Boston. In 1884 he and his brother Charles went to Paris where Maurice remained for 3 years, studying with Paul Laurens and Blanc. Another European visit in 1898-99 acquainted him with Cezanne and with Venice, where he was especially attracted to the work of Carpaccio. Though his work had been seen in several previous exhibitions, (including that of "The Eight"), it was the inclusion of his work in the Armory Show of 1913 that laid the foundation of his reputation. Nevertheless, his following was small during his lifetime. Shortly before his death (Feb. 1, 1924) he received word that he had been awarded the Third William A. Clark Prize of $1000.00 and the Corcoran Medal for an oil painting exhibited at the Corcoran. Since his death there has been a steadily increasing interest in Prendergast's work, and examples of his oils and water colors have been added to many private and public collections, including the following: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Addison Gallery; Cleveland Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; Phillips Memorial Art Gallery; Barnes Foundation; University of Nebraska; Des Moines Art Center; Worcester Museum; Springfield Museum of Fine Arts; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Modern Art; Brooklyn Museum; Minneapoils Institute of Fine Arts; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts.
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