Carl Peters - Painter of Everyday Life

Carl Peters was born in Rochester NY in 1897 which had a rich tradition of art from the Hudson River school and tonalist painters in that area.  Peters studied at the Art Students League in New York and with John F. Carlson in Woodstock. He was also influenced by lectures he heard from Robert Henri and Cézannes rural cubism .  He painted the life of modern, everyday people and received many awards including several from the National Academy of Design.

 

Peters spent time as an art correspondent during WWI. During the depression, when artists really struggled to make a living, Carl received several mural commissions from the government that kept him busy through 1942.  For the rest of his career, Carl painted in the Genesee Valley in western NY and in Capeann, MA.  Carl Peters was overlooked in the American art scene because of the narrow-minded view of the critical art world in the 40's and 50's which proclaimed representational art unworthy of praise.

 Peters' work had a big influence on me along with Carlson and Gruppe mainly because there was a large amount of their work in the Chicago Galleries in the lat 19790s.

 

 

 

 

You can read and see more paintings from Peters from this book by Richard H. Love: Carl W. Peters: American Scene Painter from Rochester to Rockport

 

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