Existing comment: Maurice Prendergast
Salem, ca 1918

Boston-based Maurice Prendergast participated in the famous "Eight" exhibition of 1908, the first of many efforts that led to the greater visibility of modern art in America. While he shared the group's primary interest in modern amusements and vibrant crowd scenes, stylistically, Prendergast stood apart from the other independent artists' predominantly realist approach.

His early studies in Paris had introduced him to the broken brushwork and vivid colors of the postimpressionists and the so-called pointillists. This painting, produced in Prendergast's mature style, reveals his increasingly tactile and tapestry-like imagery, with its emphasis on abstract qualities of color and form.
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