Beach at Saint-Malo

(1907)

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

Watercolor, gouache, oil and crayon on paper, 13 7/8 X 19 15/16 IN. IRREG. (35.2 X 50.6 CM.)

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

Accession Number: 66.4131

Provenance:
The artist
Charles Prendergast, Westport, Connecticut, 1924-1948
Mrs. Eugenie Prendergast, Westport, Connecticut, from 1948
Kraushaar Galleries, New York, to October 23, 1954
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 23 October 1954-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
*from the Catalogue Raisonne:
ADDISON GALLERIES, Andover, MA. "The Prendergasts: Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Maurice and Charles Prendergast," 24 September-6 November 1938, cat.
*from the Old Hirshhorn records:
KRAUSHAAR GALLERIES, New York. "Maurice Prendergast: Paintings and Water Colors of Chartres, Dieppe, Dinard, Treport, Paris, St. Malo," 13 November-9 December 1944, cat. no. 13.
WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis. "American Watercolor and Winslow Homer," 27 February-23 March 1945, cat. p. 54. TOUR: DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 3 April-1 May 1945; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 15 May-12 June 1945.
KRAUSHAAR GALLERIES, New York. "Maurice Prendergast: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Water Colors and Monotypes," 3-28 January 1950, cat. no. 7, ill.
NORTON GALLERY AND SCHOOL OF ART, West Palm Beach, Florida. "Masters of Water Color: Marin, Demuth, Prendergast," 3-26 February 1950. TOUR: THE ATLANTA ART ASSOCIATION AND HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, 5-24 March 1950.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, Ottawa. "Some American Paintings from the Collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn," 10-31 January 1957, no. 63 [as "Saint-Malo"]. TOUR: MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 20-31 March; ART GALLERY OF TORONTO, 12 April-26 May; STRATFORD ARENA, Ontario, 1 July-31 August; WINNIPEG ART GALLERY, Manitoba, 6 October-3 November.
GREENWICH LIBRARY, Connecticut. "American Painting from 1875-1925," 8-27 November 1962.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975.
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 1983, no. 23; (Exhibition retitled "Early Rebels in American Art (The Eight)").
SMITHSONIAN SITES. "Genre Scenes," 26 January 1985-21 June 1987.
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, Wisconsin. "Painters of a New Century: The Eight." TOUR: NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANANDA, Ontario, 16 April-7 June 1992; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 26 June-21 September 1992.

Published References:
*from the Catalogue Raisonne:
RHYS, HEDLEY HOWELL. "Maurice Prendergast: The Sources and Development of His Style," Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1952, p. 180.
UNSIGNED. "Loan Collection at Arts Museum, " Montreal Gazette, 23 March 1957.
FRANKENSTEIN, ALFRED. "1900-1913," The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. (New York, 1974.
*from old Hirshhorn records:
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 736, colorplate 238.
UNSIGNED. Color cover, The National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals, Journal 12, no. 3 (summer 1981).
WATTENMAKER, RICHARD S. "Maurice Prendergast," Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin XL, no. 1 (1982-83), p. 31, fig. 7.
DORSEY, JOHN. "America's rebel 'Eight' insisted on individuality," The Sun (Baltimore), 24 January 1983.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "The Eight on Tour, 1908-1909," The American Art Journal XVI, no. 3 (summer 1984), fig. 24.
UNSIGNED. "The Sea." The Smithsonian Engagement Calendar for 1985. New York: Universe, 1984, color plate.
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. 880, p.432.
WATTENMAKER, RICHARD J. Maurice Prendergast, (Harry N. Abrams, Inc, Publishers in association with The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1994), no. 66, p. 89.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, American Impressionism