Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: A Woman Reading a Book

Maurice Brazil Prendergast American

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This finely dressed young woman, apparently shaded from sunlight by her crimson parasol, may be reading a Thomas Hardy novel. Several of his books were newly published and popularized in London and New York in the 1890s. Prendergast deftly uses the watercolor medium to illustrate both transparency, as in the leg-of-mutton sleeves of the dress, and opacity, as in the saturated crimson palette of the dahlias in a vase. His ultramarine blue framing lines appear on almost all the watercolors in this sketchbook.

Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: A Woman Reading a Book, Maurice Brazil Prendergast  (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York), Watercolor over pencil; bordered in pencil and watercolor

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