Excellent Condition Charles Prendergast Canadian Post-Impressionist (1863-1948) Framed Print Minor Light Scratch & Frame Wear. No Brown paper on back- Please See All Pictures
1863-1948, St John's Newfoundland. Lived most of his life in Boston, MA.
Charles Prendergast's career as a painter does not start with himself. It starts with his older brother Maurice (October 10, 1858 - February 1, 1924) who apprenticed to a commercial artist.
Maurice was not a very good painter. He basically copied whatever his mentor showed him. In 1893 he travelled to Paris to study painting there and returned in 1895 not much improved. Maurice was influenced by the Impressionists, but colour-wise his paintings remained drab, muddy-looking and he used too many pastels.
Meanwhile Charles Prendergast he become a painter and successful framer/furniture maker. He adopted some of his older brothers impressionist techniques, but kept a much more loose and flamboyant style, frequently using gold paint to liven up the canvas. Both brothers tended to paint leisure activities. Maurice tended to paint women with parisols or civic areas whereas Charles was more sportsy, painting scenes of beaches, polo-players and circuses.
After Maurice died in 1924, Charles began painting more often and his fame and skill eclipsed that of his brother.
In 1925 Charles traveled to France and married Eugénie van Kemmel upon their return to America. They lived in Westport, Connecticut until his death in 1948.