Prendergast’s early gravitation to Post-Impressionism during his first extended stay in Paris (1891–94) led to his creation of a distinctive watercolor technique involving closely placed patches of vibrant color. These coalesce to create mosaics of swirling rotund forms, as seen in the sparkling Sea and Boats, probably made near the French seaside resort town of Saint Mâlo (Brittany), which the artist visited in 1907.
Rachael Z. DeLue et al., Cézanne and the Modern: masterworks of European art from the Pearlman Collection, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014).
Carol Clark, Nancy Mowll Mathews and Gwendolyn Owens, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Charles Prendergast: a catalogue raisonné, (Williamstown, MA; Munich, 1990).
Painting on Paper: American Watercolors at Princeton Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Sunday, August 30, 2015