Ponte della Paglia (1899) by Maurice Prendergast

Ponte della Paglia - Prendergast, Maurice - 1899 - 2

Artwork Information

TitlePonte della Paglia
ArtistMaurice Prendergast
Datec.1898 - c.1899
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions28 x 23 in. (71.1 x 58.4 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Ponte della Paglia

Ponte Della Paglia is a work of art by Maurice Prendergast which extensively repainted by the painter many years after its execution. The painting first began during a visit to Venice in 1898-1899, and it remained in Prendergast’s possession until 1922. It is typically seen as a combination of his earlier works, as it still adheres to some of the impressionistic touches seen in other paintings from this period. Through the repainting, one can also detect the contrast between his earlier and later styles that exist within this artwork.

Moreover, Ponte Della Paglia has become one of the most definitive pieces of Post-Impressionist paintings within art history. This artwork has managed to encapsulate much of what artists at this time were striving for in their respective works such as stimulating colors and more radiant impressions. As an example of Prendergast’s best works, the painting serves as an enlightening experience for viewers whether viewing it in person or through pictures found on the internet.

In any case, this painting by Maurice Prendergast provides excellent insight into the development of Post Impressionist art during this period. For those also interested in other works from this time period, The Shepherd Of Arcadia by Nicolas Poussin was painted similarly during 1638 specifically using painted figures rather than brushwork like we see with Ponte Della Paglia. Thus demonstrating how artworks could clearly differ greatly while still existing under similar motifs.

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