Girl in Blue


Maurice Prendergast, American, b. St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, 1858–1924

Oil on canvas, 13 3/8 X 11 1/4 IN. (33.8 X 28.5 CM.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4127

The artist
Charles Prendergast, 1924
(Kraushaar Galleries, New York)
Mrs. William Keighley, Paris, 1947
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1955-28 January 1957
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 28 January 1957-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
*From the Catalogue Raisonne:
1930 Kraushaar (#12, as Portrait Head)
1931 Toronot Art Gallery (#24, as Portrait Head)
1933 Kraushaar (#20, as Portrait Head)
1934a Whitney (#110, as Portrait Head)
1939b Kraushaar (#59, as Portrait Head)
1946 University of Chicago (#5, as Portrait Head)
*From Old Hirshhorn Records:
KNOEDLER GALLERIES, New York. "Twentieth Century American Painters," 28 January-1 March 1957.
DES MOINES ART CENTER, Iowa. "10th Anniversary Show," 1 June-20 July 1960, cat. and ill.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston. "The Centenary of Maurice Prendergast," 26 October-4 December 1960, cat. p. 70. TOUR: WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, Hartford, 29 December 1960-5 February 1961; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 21 February-2 April 1961; CALIFORNIA PALACE OF LEGION OF HONOR, San Francisco, 22 April-3 June 1961; CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, Ohio, 20 June-30 July, 2961.
KNOEDLER GALLERIES, New York. "Maurice Prendergast," 1-26 November 1966, cat. no. 36, ill.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ART GALLERY, Department of Art, College Park, Maryland. "Maurice Prendergast: Art of impulse and Color," 1 September-6 October 1976, no. 44, pp. 108, 110. TOUR: UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, University of Texas, Austin, 17 October-21 November; DES MOINES ART CENTER, Iowa, 1 December 1976-2 January 1977; COLUMBUS GALLERY OF FINE ARTS, Ohio, 14 January-20 February; HERBERT F. JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1 March-15 April; DAVIS & LONG COMPANY, New York, May 1977.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "'The Eight' and the Independent Tradition in American Art," 13 January-15 March 1983. TOUR: TERRA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Evanston, Illinois, 1 April-8 May, no. 26. (Exhibition retitled: "Early Rebels in American Art (The Eight)")
WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Williamstown, Massachusetts. "Portraits by the Prendergasts," 19 October 1984-24 March 1985, no. 20.

Published References:
RHYS, HEDLEY HOWELL. Maurice Prendergast (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1960): cat. 20, p. 70, color repro. P. 49.
HUNTER, SAM. Painting, Sculpture, Architecture: American Art of the 20th Century (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.; New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1973): p. 64, fig. 108.
CLARK, CAROL, et al. Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Charles Prendergast: A Catalogue Raisonne (Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art; Munich, Germany: Prestel, 1990): cat. no. 335, p. 279.
KYLE, JILL. Cezanne and American Painting 1900-1920 (Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services, 1996): fig. 22, p. 512.
*from Catalogue Raisonne:
FRACKMAN, NOEL. "Maurice Prendergast." Arts Magazine 52 (September 1977), p. 19.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, American Impressionism