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Maurice Brazil Prendergast

An american artist known for portraying scenes of daily life in New York, Prendergast (1858–1924), apprenticed during his youth as a commercial artist. This training conditioned him to using brightly colored, flat patterns that characterized his later work. His paintings have been aptly described as tapestry-like or resembling mosaics. Early in his career, he developed his highly personal style with boldly contrasting colors and flattened, pattern-like forms rhythmically arranged on canvas.