Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924) was an American Post-Impressionist painter. Throughout his life was accompanied and supported by his brother Charles, a gifted craftsman and artist in his own right.
According to Charles, Maurice always wanted to be an artist and spent every available moment sketching. In 1892, Maurice traveled to Paris, where he spent three years, and he developed a sophisticated modern style inspired in large part by the postimpressionists, particularly Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard.
In 1895, home from abroad, Prendergast joined his brother in Winchester, Massachusetts. In 1898 he went to Venice and returned a year later with a series of watercolors of the city. In 1907 he returned to France, where he was profoundly influenced by Cézanne and the fauves.
During the final years of his career, Prendergast spent his summers sketching in New England and his winters painting in New York.