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Lady in Black

Artist:
Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
Date:
ca. 1893–94
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
10 3/8 x 4 in. (26.4 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joan Whitney Payson, 1975
Accession Number:
1976.201.2
Not on view
After beginning his career in Boston as a commercial illustrator, Prendergast studied and worked in Paris from 1891 to 1894. His oils, watercolors, and monotypes reveal his observation of refined women and active children enjoying the city’s neighborhood offerings. This energetic rendering of a fashionable woman, defined by the components of her outfit—hat, veil, cape, and swirling skirt—has an appealing abstract effect.
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