Paris Sketchbook

Maurice Brazil Prendergast American

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Of the 88 recorded sketchbooks by Maurice Prendergast, this notebook is the only one to date from his first years in Paris. The little album records in brisk crayon notations (and occasional pencil and/or watercolor) incidental impressions of Parisian life as they touched the sensibility of this eager young artist. Prendergast carried the sketchbook everywhere, along fashionable boulevards, the banks of the Seine, in and around the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, and other public parks. Modishly dressed parasoled women already feature prominently among these anecdotal studies, whose imagery would later inform the highly finished watercolors of Prendergast’s Paris sojourn (1891-94).

Paris Sketchbook, Maurice Brazil Prendergast  (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York), Conté crayon, pencil, and watercolor sketches

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