Jane Peterson

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Alt text: Oil painting of pedestrians in a North African street scene
Alt text: Oil painting of pedestrians in a North African street scene

Jane Peterson
American, 1876 – 1965
North African Scene, c. 1930
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: JANE PETERSON
24 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches

Jane Peterson
American, 1876 – 1965
Oyster Boats In East River
Watercolor and Gouache on paper
Sight Size: 17 H. x 23 W. inches

Artist Description

In the summer of 1924 Jane Peterson traveled to Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey where she spent six months. Some of her finest paintings were executed during this expedition. Twenty-nine of these Turkish paintings were exhibited at the Ehrlich Gallery in New York in 1925. The exhibition was a critical as well as a financial success for the artist. In 1925 The New York Times characterized Peterson as “one of the foremost women painters in New York City.” During the course of her career she was given over 100 one woman exhibitions and was recognized as a uniquely talented painter of distinction before her death on August 14, 1965.

Jane Peterson is known for developing an individualist style marked by bold color combinations and unique designs. Her canvases combine Fauvist and Impressionist tendencies with academic drawing, but she does not belong to any one school of painting. Having carefully observed and absorbed widely diverse technical points from such talented and diverse artistic greats as Joaquin Sorolla and Maurice Prendergast, Peterson developed her own unique approach to painting. No one “ism” can define her work other than perhaps “Peterson-ism”. Her vision, her style, and her works are in a category all their own. Refinement and a harmonious balance between shape and color are solid components of her style. She developed an unerring sense of decorative design and a graphic use of color as linear pattern. She continued to steer her own individual course between innovation and elegance.


  • Allied Artists of America
  • American Federation of Arts
  • American Water Color Society
  • Art Alliance of America
  • Audubon Artists
  • Connecticut American Federation of Artists
  • National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors
  • National Academy of Design
  • National Arts Club
  • New York Water Color Club
  • Pen and Brush Club
  • Society of Painters of New York
  • Society of Women Painters
  • Washington Watercolor Club


Museums and Public Collections:

  • Art Association, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Art Association, Richmond, Virginia
  • Arts Students League of New York, New York
  • Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
  • Bergen Community Museum, Paramus, New Jersey
  • Birmingham Museum of art, Alabama
  • Blandin Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Louisiana
  • Boise City, Iowa Art Collection
  • Brooklyn Athletic Club
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York City
  • Brooklyn Museum/Luce Center for American Art, New York City
  • Country Club, Torrington, Connecticut
  • Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
  • Evanston, Illinois Public Schools
  • Everson Museum of art, Syracuse, New York
  • Girls Art Club, Paris
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
  • High Museum of art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
  • Housatonic Museum of Art, Housatonic, Connecticut
  • Hunter Museum of art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, Stony Brook, New York
  • Longwood College Art Museum, Farmville, Virginia
  • Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey
  • New York University Grey Art Gallery, New York
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
  • Norton Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey
  • Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Richmond Indiana Art Museum
  • Roberson Art Center, Binghamton, New York
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
  • Sears Art Gallery, Elgin, Illinois
  • Shelden Art Gallery
  • Shimer College Art Gallery, Mount Carroll, New York
  • Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Syracuse Museum of Fine Art, New York
  • Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago
  • University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, Maryland
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Virginia Museum, Richmond, Virginia
  • YMCA, Elgin, Illinois
  • Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Washington College Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Wellesley College, Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia
  • Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
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