Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1859-1924)
Beechmont, ca. 1900-1905
Watercolor and pencil on paper
New Britain Museum of American Art, Harriet Russell Stanley Fund, 1944.16
Beechmont belongs to a group of watercolors that explore the theme of leisure at Boston’s seashore resorts. Depicting a lively and bustling harbor, this work demonstrates the artist’s interest in rendering figures and space in a painterly Impressionist style. Prendergast filtered Boston’s social life at the turn of the century through his own vision as a painter of public display as well as one increasingly concerned with pictorial invention.