A colorful watercolor still life of zinnias and petunias in a vase by American artist Jane Peterson (1876-1965). Peterson was born Jennie Christine in Elgin, IL, studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City with Arthur Wesley Dow, graduating in 1901. She also studied at the Art Students League with Frank DuMond and held several teaching positions that took her to Boston and Maryland. Subsequently she studied in Paris and lived around the corner from Gertrude and Leo Stein, who invited Peterson to many of their soirees where she met leading intellectuals including Picasso and Matisse. She studied in Venice and in London with Frank Brangwyn and in Madrid with Joaquin Sorolla, whom she accompanied in 1919 to the United States when he received a commission from Tiffany to paint his portrait. In 1916, she exhibited work she had painted in the Pacific Northwest while traveling with Louis Tiffany. By 1916, she was also doing much painting of colorful beach scenes with Maurice Prendergast and went on to paint many landscapes and seascapes. She completed many floral subjects, which were inspired by the gardens of her summer house in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Many of her beach and pier scenes were from painting trips to artist colonies along the Massachusetts coast.Her first successful American exhibition was in 1909 at the St. Botolph Club in Boston, and from that time her work was the subject of over 50 one-person shows.
Watercolor on paper, signed lower left, and housed under glass in a hand carved giltwood frame. Dimensions: 29 ½” H x 21 ¾” W, sight; 38” H x 30 ½” W, framed.
Jane Peterson Watercolor Still Life, Zinnias and Petunias
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