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Artist Biography

Jane Peterson moved from Illinois to New York in 1895 to study with Arthur Wesley Dow at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She flourished as a student at Pratt and continued to study in New York with Frank DuMond, and then with Frank Brangwyn in London and Joaquin Sorolla in Madrid, among others. Over the course of her career Peterson made numerous, impressive social and professional connections: she traveled around Europe with Louis Comfort Tiffany, fraternized with Matisse and Picasso at Getrude Stein’s salons, and painted with artists like Maurice Prendergast and Childe Hassam.

Though perhaps closest to Post-Impressionist, Peterson’s style was as independent as her life. Joaquin Sorolla brought out the best in her, and of all her teachers and mentors had the most profound influence on her work. Under his guidance, her paintings took on a brilliance of color and spontaneity of execution. He encouraged her to be prolific, arguing that painting ten or more oil sketches a day would produce better results than completing one ambitious canvas. In 1910, Peterson left Madrid with new artistic direction, and her bright cityscapes and harbor scenes reflected this change. In December of that year she triumphantly opened a solo exhibition, the first of many, of eighty-seven paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was deemed “one of the foremost women painters in New York” in 1925 by the New York Times.

Peterson’s works can be found in the following prestigious collections: Everson Museum Of Art, Syracuse, NY; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich, MA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY; The Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC; The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, VA; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD and the Vero Beach Museum Of Art, Vero Beach, FL.