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Jane Peterson
Road to the Sea, Gloucester
Oil on canvas
17 1/2 x 21 in.
Circa 1924
Jane Peterson
Zinnias in a Yellow Vase
Oil on canvas relined in excellent condition
30 x 30 in.
Circa 1920s

Jane Peterson
Figures Along a Venetian Canal, Summer
Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 23 ½ x 18 inches

Jane Peterson

(American, 1876-1965)

Because of her unique palette, energetic brushwork and appealing subjects, Jane Peterson is one of the most sought after painters in the art world. She is admired and praised for developing an individualistic style, intermingling bold color combinations and for creatively constructing unique designs in masterfully rendered avenues of pigment. Canvases with aspects of Fauvist and Impressionist tendencies rank among her finest work. Her pictures of Gloucester, Paris and Venice and her still life subjects are exceedingly popular among collectors and museums.

Peterson's birth name was Jennie Christine. She was born in Elgin, Illinois, November 28, 1876 and grew up in poverty with her parents Julius and Kate Peterson. From her earliest years, Peterson drew from nature and took art lessons at the Elgin Public Schools. In 1895, she went to New York City to study art at Pratt Institute. Before graduating in 1901, Peterson taught painting and became a revered teacher at Pratt. She then became the Drawing Supervisor of Brooklyn Public Schools, studied oil painting with Frank Vincent Dumond and saved money to travel abroad to study painting with Frank Brangwyn in London, Jacques Emile Blanche and Andre Hôte in Paris and the eminent Joaquin Sorolla in Madrid (who became her mentor).

Internationally known writer and astronomer Percival Lowell exhibited Peterson's work in Paris and secured her first one-woman exhibition in Boston that led to a near sell-out exhibition in New York City. By 1912, Peterson had many rich patrons and she taught watercolor painting at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore.

Travelling and painting with Sorolla, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Childe Hassam and Maurice Prendergast, Peterson's art entourage was influential, powerful and impressive. She painted with some of the best male painters of the era and that impressed the art world.

During World War I, Peterson painted war-oriented subjects that were exhibited, sold or donated to promote Liberty Loans and the American Red Cross efforts. In 1924, Peterson's Toilette received rave reviews at the New York Society of Painters; her one-woman show on Fifth Avenue sold-out; and she wrote the book Flower Painting. By this time, she had won numerous awards, was a Fellow at the National Academy of Design and a member of many art clubs including the American Watercolor Society, Audubon Artists, Pen & Brush Club, and the National Association of Women Artists. In 1925, The New York Times characterized Peterson as "one of the foremost women painters in New York." Known for her colorful, post-impressionistic paintings of Gloucester streets and harbor; palm trees along the Florida coast; street scenes in Paris, Istanbul and New York City; boating views in Venice, Italy and elsewhere, Peterson also flamboyantly executed colorful avant-garde floral subjects and dynamic genre-like-portraits. She was given over 80 one-woman exhibitions and was recognized as a uniquely talented painter of distinction before her death on August 14, 1965.

References: J. J. Joseph, Jane Peterson, American Artist (1982); Who Was Who in American Art ; "Who's Who in American Art," American Art Annuals (through 1960)