Decorative Composition (Study for Promenade)

(1913-1915)

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

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 12 3/4 × 20 7/8 in. (32.5 × 53 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.4128

Provenance:
(The Artist, 1915)
Kraushaar Galleries, New York, 1927-1956
Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Leschner, Brooklyn, January 1956-1959
Harold Diamond, New York, to 28 March 1959
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 28 March 1959-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston. "Maurice Prendergast 1859-1924," 26 October-4 December 1960, no. 113. TOUR: WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, Hartford, 29 December 1960-5 February 1961; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 29 February-2 April 1961; CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, San Francisco, 22 April-3 June 1961; CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, 20 June-30 July 1961.
CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS, Buffalo, New York, untitled exhibition, September-October 1961.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "American Masters of Watercolor," cat. TOUR: ROBERSON MEMORIAL CENTER, Binghamton, New York, 7-28 January 1962; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 11 February-4 March; STATE ISLAND INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, Staten Island, New York, 18 March-8 April; MUNSON-WILLIAMS-PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 27 May-17 June; ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART, New York, 1 July-26 August and 9-30 September; STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHERS COLLEGE, Oneonta, New York, 14 October-4 November; UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, New York, 18 November-18 December; WELLS COLLEGE, Aurora, New York, 6-27 January 1963.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, "The Eight," February 1964-May 1965. TOUR: QUINCY ART CENTER, Quincy, Illinois, 23 February-15 March 1964; COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART, Columbia, South Carolina, 2-23 April 1964; MERCER UNIVERSITY, Macon, Georgia, 8-29 May 1964; TENNESSEE FINE ARTS CENTER, Nashville, Tennessee, 15 June-27 July 1964; E.B. CROCKER ART GALLERY, Sacramento, California, 6-27 September 1964; CHARLES AND EMMA FRYE ART MUSEUM, Seattle, Washington, 18 October-8 November 1964; UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 23 November-20 December 1964; CENTENNIAL ART MUSEUM, Corpus Christi, Texas, 6-27 Texas 1965; THEORDORE LYMAN WRIGHT ART CENTER, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, 11 February-3 March 1965; STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Oswego, New York, 7-28 April 1965; ROBERSON MEMORIAL CENTER, Binghamton, New York, 9-30 May 1965.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Washington, DC. "Aspects of Color: Works on Paper from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution." TOUR: MUHLENBERG COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 28 May-3 July 1983 and 23 July-28 August 1983; CHRYSLER MUSEUM, Norfolk, Virginia, 17 September-23 October; MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST, Midland, Texas, 12 November-18 December and 7 January-12 February 1984; NEWCOMB COLLEGE, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 3 March-8 April 1984; TELFAIR ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, Savannah, Georgia, 28 April-3 June; MONTERREY PENNINSULA MUSEUM OF ART, Monterrey, California, 23 June-29 July; LAGUNA BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, Laguna Beach, California, 18 August-23 September 1984; LOWE ART MUSEUM, Coral Gables, Florida, 13 October-18 November; LAUREN ROGERS LIBRARY AND MUSEUM OF ART, Laurel, Mississippi, 8 December- 13 January 1985; OKLAHOMA MUSEUM OF ART, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2 February-9 March 1985; ALEXANDRIA MUSEUM, Alexandria, Louisiana, 29 March-4 May 1985.

Published References:
PETER A. JULEY ARCHIVE, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., photograph.
ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Walt Kuhn Papers. Letters of April 8, 1939 and April 22, 1939, from Walt Kuhn to John D. Morse, Managing Editor of The Art Quarterly, Microfilm No. D-242B.
ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum Papers, American Art Research Council Notes, July, 1943, Microfilm no. 681.
RHYS, HEDLEY HOWELL. Maurice B. Prendergast (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960): p. 98.
WICK, PETER. Catalogue. Maurice Prendergast 1859-1924. (Boston, MFA), 1960. [from Catalogue Raisonne.]
OLMSTED, ANNA W. "Everson Show Features Watercolors," Herald-American (Syracuse: New York), May 6, 1962.
WALRATH, JEAN. "UR to Show Fine Watercolors," Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, New York), 18 November 1962.
NAWROCKI, DENNIS. "Prendergast and Davies: Two Approaches to a Mural Project," Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 56, no. 4 (1978), p. 249, fig. 6.
GENGARELLY, W. ANOTHONY et al. The Prendergasts and the Arts and Crafts Movement: the Art of American Decoration & Design 1890-1920 (Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art, 1989): p. 56, fig. 3.
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. 1214, p.506-7.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, American Impressionism