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Peterson, Jane

Jane Peterson was born Jennie Christine on November 28, 1876 in Elgin, Illinois to Julius and Kate Peterson, whose background was humble but not poverty-stricken. From her earliest years, she drew from nature and took art courses at the Elgin Public Schools. In 1895 she went to New York City to study art at the Pratt Institute on a gift of $300 from her mother. Before graduating she taught painting there and became one of their most popular teachers. She officially changed her name to Jane after her first success as an artist. She then became the Drawing Supervisor of the Brooklyn Public Schools and studied oil painting with Frank Vincent Dumond while she saved money to travel abroad to study painting with Frank Brangwyn in London, Jacques Emile Blanche and Andre L'Hote in Paris and Joaquin Sorolla in Madrid. In Paris she lived around the corner from Gertrude and Leo Stein, who invited her to many of their parties where she met people like Picasso and Matisse. By 1912, Peterson had many rich patrons; she taught watercolor painting at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She could paint with the best of the prominent male painters and that impressed the art world. In 1925 she married Noritz Bernard Philip, a lawyer and art patron. She died on August 14, 1965. No items found.