Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Watercolor Sketchbook: watercolors of Maurice Predergast

watercolor paintings by Maurice Prendergast http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolor-sketchbook-watercolors-of.html #MauricePrendergast @metmuseum

Maurice Prendergast: Boston Public Garden Watercolors 

through Sept 7th, 2015 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

watercolor paintings by Maurice Prendergast http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolor-sketchbook-watercolors-of.html #MauricePrendergast @metmuseum
The exhibition of Maurice Predergast is a sentimental look at Victorian era Boston viewed through the eyes of the artist. The exhibit is situated directly beneath the Van Gogh exhibit so you can definitely see both in one day as I did in late June. The watercolors all come from a single sketchbook that Robert Lehman purchased and subsequently donated to the museum.

watercolor paintings by Maurice Prendergast http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolor-sketchbook-watercolors-of.html #MauricePrendergast @metmuseum
I especially liked the way the artist often "outlined" his sketches with a watercolor border.
watercolor paintings by Maurice Prendergast http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolor-sketchbook-watercolors-of.html #MauricePrendergast @metmuseum
You can move through this exhibit fairly quickly. I am not sure if the rotunda is a hexagon, but I think there are about 6 walls worth of these framed watercolors. Each one is lovely.

watercolor paintings by Maurice Prendergast http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolor-sketchbook-watercolors-of.html #MauricePrendergast @metmuseum
Did you recognize me? Here I am in my summer uniform of lace shorts and a Mexican peasant blouse. I wear the same outfit in my studio and just throw an apron on top. (see blog post: Apron Avant Garde) My daughter and I had to be very sneaky about taking pictures in the museum. Some exhibits they let you, but most they don't. That's one of my own handbags too.

I found this charming video on youtube which features many paintings of Prendergast both in watercolor and in oil, although the watercolors are my favorite... what do you think?




watercolor paintings by Maurice Prendergast http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolor-sketchbook-watercolors-of.html #MauricePrendergast @metmuseum
After seeing this exhibition, I am inspired to pull out my watercolor sketchbook to capture the scenes around me. You can learn to make your own portable watercolor sketchbook and palette and also learn how to fill it with oodles of new techniques. Discover how in the Watercolor Textures online art class at the Inspiration Place. → more details are on this blog post.


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