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Jane Peterson
Harbor at Gloucester, Massachusetts
c. 1916 - 1920
oil on canvas
Canvas: 18 1/4 × 24 1/4 inches (46.4 × 61.6 cm)Framed: 26 3/4 × 32 3/4 × 2 3/4 inches (67.9 × 83.2 × 7 cm)
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Museum purchase with funds provided by the Gari Melchers Collectors' Society.
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Jane Peterson came of age during the heyday of American Impressionism, and her work is informed by the Impressionist aesthetic while also synthesizing the influences of post-impressionism, art nouveau, and fauvism. From her modest beginnings in Elgin, Illinois, she would quickly rise to become “one of the most foremost women painters in New York,” according to the New York Times in 1925.

Peterson studied and traveled extensively in Europe, including a six-month period during which she studied and worked in Madrid alongside Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla, whose vibrant use of color proved highly influential to Peterson. During world War I, Peterson’s trips to Europe were replaced by sojourns on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where she became entranced by the fishing village of Gloucester and would produce some of her most compelling work.