Jane Peterson

American, 1876 - 1965


Jane Peterson was an American Impressionist and Expressionist painter born in Elgin, Illinois. Peterson attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she graduated in 1901. Her works are created in Impressionist and Expressionist styles using broad swaths of vibrant colors to combine an interest in light and in depiction of spontaneous moments and are well known for vivid, rich painted still life, beach scenes along the Massachusetts coast.


Peterson's works are like a blend of several of the most prominent styles in the turn of the 20th century under the influence of her academic artistic training of many influences in both America and across Europe: Impressionism, Neo- and Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Nabi, and Fauvism. Peterson loves to use loose brushwork and bold colors in her paintings. From 1910 through 1916 Peterson became increasingly linked stylistically to fellow American, Maurice Prendergast. They shared similar interests in subject matter and both had traveled and studied in Europe. Peterson and Prendergast had comparable technical skills of astute observation and loved colorful subjects but Peterson's linear movement is more aggressively flowing than Prendergast's. Gradually, they each developed a unique style, according to Charlotte Streiffer Rubenstein.


She has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including "Gloucester Harbor - Late Afternoon" sold at Christie's New York "Important American Paintings" sale in 2006. There have been many articles about Jane Peterson, including "Art in Review; Jane Peterson: Around and About, 1910-1930" written by Grace Glueck for New York Times in 2001. Peterson died in 1965.


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