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Rialto Bridge (Covered Bridge, Venice)

Artist:
Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
Date:
ca. 1911–12
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
15 3/8 x 22 1/4 in. (39.1 x 56.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.1 recto
Not on view
The Rialto and other bridges were favorite motifs of Prendergast during his second trip to Venice (1911–12), serving as the subject of about twenty-five watercolors. The vivacious, mosaic like patterns and free application of paint reflect his aptitude for experimentation as well as the influence of the bright Fauvist works he had probably seen in Paris a few years earlier.
Inscription: [at lower left]: Prendergast
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