This intimate display of 16 works by Maurice Prendergast (1858–1924) and Charles Prendergast (1863–1948) shows scenes of leisure captured during the brothers’ vacations in France and Italy as well as along the New England coast. Maurice’s vibrant watercolors and oils and Charles’s whimsical incised and carved panels provide a lovely, if fleeting, respite from day-to-day life. The brothers portrayed the crowds of tourists who joined them on vacation, and occasionally shared glimpses of the laborers and local residents of the towns they visited. Traveling informed the styles and subjects of the Prendergasts’ work. The pastels, watercolors, oils, panels, and sketchbooks in this exhibition are imbued with two lifetimes worth of learning in America and abroad.
On Holiday with the Prendergasts