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Exhibition Opens on October 10th

“Prendergast in Italy” is organized by Williams College Museum of Art in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The exhibition opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on Saturday 10th October and will be on view through January 03rd 2010, then it travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (February 14–May 9, 2010).

It is the first exhibition devoted entirely to the watercolours, monotypes, and oil paintings by Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924).

Featuring over sixty views of Venice, Rome, Siena, and Capri, “Prendergast in Italy” also includes the artist’s personal sketchbooks, letters, photographs, and guidebooks from his two trips to Italy.

Maurice Prendergast went to Europe from Boston in 1898 spending part of the summer in Venice and returning for the spring and summer 1899.

He chose watercolour as his primary medium. He captured Venice’s unique configuration in the liquidity of that medium – the constant flow of his coloured washes emulating the watery movement of the canals and lagoons.He produced about sixty Venetian watercolours and he concentrated especially upon Piazza San Marco.

Variously labelled as Impressionist, Postimpressionist and Modernist, Prendergast’s art especially at this early stage of his career, is unique. While offering homage to the city’s past, Prendergast pictorially brought the art and culture of Venice in the twentieth century. As one critic noted in 1900, “He makes the spectator realize the Venice of today”


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Maurice Prendergast in Italy