the art of masters

the art of Charles Prendergast

A painter and artisan frame-maker, Charles Prendergast (1863-1948) lived and worked with his brother, Maurice, in Massachusetts before moving to New York City. Charles built Renaissance-inspired frames that were simply carved and finished with gilt and raw gesso, many of which were used to frame Maurice's works. He also painted and by 1912 was executing incised and painted gesso panels as well as carved and decorated chests and screens in exotic motifs. Prendergast's work shows Asian influence in style and subject, much of it drawn from the Chinese and Persian collections of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

chest panel
Panel I

Panel II

Panel IV

Chest Panels

Paper size: 15" x 17"; image size approximately: 13" x 13"
each panel $9.75

holiday beach scene

Holiday Beach Scene, 1932

Paper size: 38" x 22"; image size approximately: 33" x 16"