Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858 – 1924)
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Born in Newfoundland, a colony in British North America, Prendergast and his family later moved to Boston. Unlike many artists, Prendergastdid not receive formal art training until later in his life. He moved to Paris in his thirties and enrolled in the Academie Julian and Academie Colarossi. During his time in Paris, he was highly influenced by Japanese prints and art from artists such as James McNeill Whistler and Maurice Denis. Originally an urban genre painter, Prendergast later focused on French Impressionism. He painted anonymous figures in crowds all involved in a specific activity in the painting. Prendergast’s work may be seen in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, The Phillips Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.