November 28 1876 - August 1965
Photograph of Jane Peterson at the Red Cross Center in New York, ca. 1917 (detail), unknown photographer. Glass negative. 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm). The George Brantham Bain Collection. The Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division, Washington, DC, USA
Place of Birth:
Drawings and prints, Painting
Illustrator, Oil Painter, Painter, Portraitist, Still life Painter, Watercolorist
Known for her colorful illustrations of America’s parks, beaches, city streets, and summer resorts, Jane Peterson enjoyed her status as a prominent New York artist during her many years of success.
Born in Elgin, Illinois, Peterson’s parents nurtured their daughter’s talent early on. In 1895, she enrolled at the Pratt Institute in New York, where she studied with Arthur Wesley Dow, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts revival, and Frank Vincent Du Mond, an Impressionist landscape painter. After her graduation in 1901, Peterson continued her education at The Art Students League in New York while serving as a drawing supervisor for public schools in Brooklyn. In 1907, she traveled to Europe.
The time spent in Europe was an illuminating period for Peterson. Her teachers included Frank Brangwyn in London, Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla in Madrid, and Jacques-Émile Blanche, Charles Cottet, and Claudio Castelucho in Paris. In 1908, Peterson's paintings were shown at the Salon des Artistes Français.
The success of this exhibition resulted in Peterson's works being shown immediately upon her return to America in 1909: first at the St. Botolph Club in Boston and then at the Knoedler Galleries in New York. They were followed by shows at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1910 and 1914, which confirmed her growing reputation.
Various honors capped Peterson’s career, including membership in the National Academy of Design. In 1938, the American Historical Society awarded her the title of Most Outstanding Individual of the Year. She was only the second woman in the history of the Society to receive such an honor.
Instructor, Teacher, Traveler
Place(s) of Residence:
Private lessons, London, England (1907 - ca. 1909)
Private lessons, Paris, France (1907 - ca. 1909)
Private lessons, Madrid, Spain (1907 - ca. 1909)
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, USA (1901 - ca. 1905)
Pratt Institute, New York, NY, USA (1895 - 1901)
Related Visual Artists:
student of Arthur Wesley Dow
student of Frank Vincent Du Mond
student of Frank Brangwyn
student of Jacques-Émile Blanche
student of André Lhote
student of Charles Cottet
student of Claudio Castelucho
student of and influenced by Joaquín Sorolla
friend of Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Testimonial Award, Allied Artists of America, New York, NY, USA (1952)
Most Outstanding Individual of the Year Award (for artistic achievement), American Historical Society, Washington, DC, USA (1938)
Outstanding Picture, Annual Exhibition, New York Society of Painters, New York, NY, USA (1922)
Le Salon, Société des Artistes Français, Paris, France (1908)
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
American Women Artists: 1830-1930
Artists on the Road: Travel as Source of Inspiration
Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York, NY, USA (1976)
Jane Peterson: Post Impressionist, George Thomas Hunter Art Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, USA (1973)
Jane Peterson: Paintings, 1910-1920, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY, USA (1968)