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Country Fair

Prendergast, C.E.
Country Fair
signed 'C Prendergast' (lower left)
mixed media on gessoed board
image, 12 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (31.1 x 41.9 cm.);
overall, 15 3/4 x 19 in. (40 x 48.3 cm.)
Executed circa 1936.
The artist.
Kraushaar Galleries, New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, by 1968.
H. Basso, "Profiles: A Glimpse of Heaven-II," New Yorker Magazine, August 3.
J. Lowe, "Prendergast: Decorative Paintings in a Miniaturist Style," ArtNews, vol. 36, November 6, 1937, p. 15.
H. Devree, "A Reviewer's Notebook," New York Times, October 31, 1937, p. 11, illustrated.
A. Lawton, "Addison Gallery of American Art Opens Season with Work of Maurice and Charles Prendergast," Boston Sunday Post, September 25, 1938, p. A8, illustrated.
C. Clark, N.M. Mathews, G. Owens, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Charles Prendergast: A Catalogue Raisonné, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1990, p. 691, no. 2296, illustrated.
New York, C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, Decorative Panels by Charles Prendergast, October 26-November 13, 1937, no. 4.
Andover, Massachusetts, Phillips Academy, Addison Gallery of American Art, The Prendergasts: Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Maurice and Charles Prendergast, September 24-November 6, 1938, no. 12.
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors and Drawings, January 31-March 21, 1948, no. 131 (as County Fair).
Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Art Gallery; Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, The Art of Charles Prendergast, October 2, 1968-February 16, 1969, p. 69, no. 31, illustrated.

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In the 1930s and 40s, Charles Prendergast increasingly turned toward fanciful scenes of everyday life. "In contrast to his heavily gilded 'celestial' works of the 1910s and 20s, which drew from art historical sources in their evocation of idyllic lands, Charles’s art of the late 1930s and 40s shifted to scenes of everyday life and experience, rendered in his signature folk art aesthetic." (New Britain Museum of American Art, "The Late Works of Charles Prendergast, 1930s-40s," The present work, executed circa 1936, depicts a colorful fair, complete with acrobatic performances, amusement rides and carnival games.

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