Friday, July 26, 2013

Who painted this? #37

Who painted this? #37
I make no secret of the fact that I like artists who can paint a group of people in a naturalistic way - as this artist has done with this painting.

But where are they - and who painted them?  (...and the rest!)

My clue this week is that I once tried portraying the same scene but ended up opting for the architecture rather than the people - who I ended up sketching separately.

For those who've not risen to the challenge before please take a minute to read the rules - see below.

How to participate in "Who painted this? #37"

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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #36 - The Answer

Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge
by Ambrosius Bosschaert
  • Title of the artworkBouquet of Flowers on a Ledge
  • Name of the artist who created this artworkAmbrosius Bosschaert (1573 - 1621) (Dutch "Golden Age" painter)
  • Date it was created: (1619 - 1620)
  • Media used: Oil on copper, 279.4 mm (11 in). Width: 228.6 mm (9 in); Framed: 15 1/2 x 14 x 2 in. (39.37 x 35.56 x 5.08 cm)
  • Where it lives now: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Currently on public view:
    Ahmanson Building, floor 3 MAP IT
Mostly when we see these rather grand paintings of flowers they very often have a plain dark background.  It was fascinating to me to see one which had a landscape instead.

For those of you interested in paintings of flowers from the past, you might be interested in my website A History of Botanical Art.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #36? Congratulations to Bernadette Madden who found the right answer first

Others who also got it right - in order - are:
  • Sophie Ploeg 
  • Roger Brown My Botswana Art 
  • Barbara Jackson
  • Jacqui Boyd
  • Colours and Textures
  • John O'Grady
  • Patrick Connors
  • Alyson Champ

If you'd like to study how people get the correct answer try studying past challenges which are listed in the Page Who painted this? - at the the top of the Page. Since of the requirements is to say how you found it, you can see the various ways people get to the answer.

Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted.  You have been warned!


  1. Title .....Sunlight on the Piazzetta
    Artist....Maurice Brazil Prendergast
    When made....1898-1899
    Medium.....Watercolour over graphite on paper
    Where it is ...Museum of Fine Arts Boston
    How I found it.. I recognised the Doges`palace , googled that and found a painting of Central Park that seemed similar in style, by Maurice Prendergast, looked him up and found the correct image
    Bernadette Madden.

  2. I`d never heard of Maurice Prendergast before now, so thank you for introducing me to him. I`ve just had a fascinating time looking at his work and hope to see some of them in reality one day....especially his monotypes.( an underrated medium, I think)
    Bernadette Madden

  3. I did not have the time to search for the last one, #36, but I will have to go back up to see it this weekend. This post piqued my interest.
    Ironically I was just up at LACMA this past weekend... took the kids to LA Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum and of course our really BIG ROCK!

    Challenge #37 I already know having seen this and similar ones from the artist over the years, big fan of these series.

  4. Artist: Maurice Brazil Prendergast

    Title: Sunlight on the Piazetta

    Medium: Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper

    Date: 1899

    Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Knowing the artist already I googled his name and watercolors.
    I first found it on ARTINTHEPICTURE.COM but its location was not given for this one...

    I then googled his name and title of the painting and found it on Wikimedia Commons.

    I don't know why I don't start there in the first place!

    He has a lot of great watercolor paintings.
    Keep'um coming Katherine...

  5. Maurice Prendergast (post impressionist)
    Sunshine on the Piazetta (St Mark's Square Venice)
    watercolour over graphite pencil on paper
    Can't find where it is now, maybe no one knows, will add it later if I find it.

    Googled Painting St Mark's Square Venice images, saw a similar one by Prendergast so put Prendergast in the search and found it as a poster at

  6. Who painted this? #37,
    Maurice Prendergast [1861-1924]

    Sunlight on the Piazzetta


    Sheet: 31.4 x 52.4 cm (12 3/8 x 20 5/8 in.)

    Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Recently, I saw a reproduction of this, cannot remember where. It rekindled a earlier appreciation of the Prendergast Brothers: especially Maurice's watercolors & Charles' frames.

  7. I am back with the rest of the info. from googling
    paintings prendergast collection sunlight which goes to the Amica Library (

    It was painted 1888-9
    It is at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (it is not on view there at the moment)

    Creator Name: Prendergast, Maurice, Brazil
    Creator Nationality: American
    Creator Dates/Places: American (born in Canada), 1858-1924
    Creator Name-CRT: Maurice Brazil Prendergast
    Title: Sunlight on the Piazzetta
    View: Full View
    Creation Start Date: 1898
    Creation End Date: 1899
    Creation Date: 1898-99
    Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
    Materials and Techniques: Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper
    Dimensions: Sheet: 31.5 x 52.4 cm (12 3/8 x 20 5/8 in.)
    AMICA Contributor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Owner Location: Boston
    ID Number: 61.963
    Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Aldrich

  8. Hi Katherine,

    This is the first one I've recognized.

    Title of the artwork: Sunlight on the Piazzetta, Venice
    Name of the artist: Maurice Prendergast
    Date it was created: ca 1898 - 99
    Media used: Watercolour over graphite pencil on paper
    Where it lives now: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
    How do I know all this: I saw an exhibition of his work at the Peggy Guggenheim and looked this picture up in Prendergast in Italy.

    All the best,


  9. Hi Katherine:
    Title: Sunlight on the Piazzetta
    Artist: Maurice Prendergast
    Media: Watercolor over graphite on paper
    Where is: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Research: Oh this was fun! I recognized a Prendergast watercolor right away (he is huge favorite of mine), but didn't know the exact painting. I read where you allow googling using words to look at images. Being more excited than careful, I googled JOHN Prendergast - paintings - and there was the image a few lines down (along with a real John Prendergast! Then followed the image to WikiCommons and then to Boston MFA.
    Thanks for these minutes of visiting a favorite! Katy

  10. Hi Katherine - I think I left the date off my answer, have no memory of typing it.
    Date Painted (as signed) 1899 (Venice)

    Thank you!

  11. Maurice Prendergast
    Sunlight on the Piazetta 1899
    Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Found looking up victorian watercolor....and encountered his style in other paintings.

    One of "The Eight" they were American painters who united in 1908 to upend established norms and stage their own exhibition of modernist art.

  12. Maurice Prendergast, sunlight on the piazetta, Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper and it is the Museum of fine arts, Boston. It was made in 1998-99.

    The museum webpage - - has quite a few of his sketchbook pages available to look at. Fascinating stuff, thank you.

    Recognised the style immediately (I researched United States painting before my residency there last year, and he was one of the artists I was glad to come across). Recognised the Doge's palace as we have a copy of it in glasgow - - as well as a copy of the golden house, which is similar - - have to make it to Venice some time to see the originals!


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