Picnic by the Inlet

Maurice Brazil Prendergast American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Having theretofore worked mostly in watercolor and monotype, Prendergast made a serious commitment to oil painting beginning in about 1903. By 1910 his oils had become more varied and imaginative in subject and more monumental in arrangement, as this canvas attests. The subject originated in the seaside culture of New England, where Prendergast spent many summers, but it carries overtones of an ideal, Arcadian existence. The scene’s enchanted mood is heightened by the tapestry-like arrangement of strong outlines, rich colors, and textured patterns.

Picnic by the Inlet, Maurice Brazil Prendergast  (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York), Oil on canvas, American

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