Beach No. 3

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
ca. 1913
Oil on canvas
18 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (47.9 x 75.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967
Accession Number:
Not on view
Under the influence of the French painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Prendergast put aside his earlier interest in depicting the real world in favor of conveying imaginary scenes. Here, he abandoned conventional perspective; employed tiered bands to create a shallow, frieze-like space; and devised a stylized shorthand to depict anonymous, faceless figures. For the landscape setting, he used dashes of white and yellow paint to imply flowing water and bright daubs of orange and gold to indicate a carpet of flowers.
Signature: [at lower right]: Prendergast
with Carroll Galleries, New York, 1915; John Quinn, New York, 1915–1924; Estate of John Quinn, New York, 1924–1927; sale, American Art Association, New York, 9 Feb. 1927, no. 93; with Kraushaar Galleries, New York, 1927–1950; Adelaide Milton de Groot, New York, 1950–died 1967