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date: 05 December 2019

Prendergast, Charleslocked

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American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 27 May 1868, in Boston (Massachusetts); died 1948, in Norwalk (Connecticut).

Painter (mixed media), sculptor, engraver (etching), craftsman. Genre scenes, historical scenes, landscapes with figures, portraits.

Charles Prendergast was originally a frame and furniture maker in the Arts and Crafts style, making many frames for his brother, artist Maurice Prendergast. In the 1920s Charles began his own artistic career, developing a unique technique. He first did rough sketches of his compositions in crayon, charcoal or watercolour, then traced the designs on to a wooden panel coated in gesso. He dampened and incised the gesso, then smoothed the surface and painted upon it with tempera. Prendergast's early work, from his so-called celestial period between ...

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