SOLD Easter Lilies

by Jane Peterson (1876–1965)
Oil on canvas
30⅛ x 25¼ inches
Signed lower left: JANE PETERSON




James R. Bakker, Boston, Massachusetts

Private collection, acquired from above, 1994

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, October 6, 2021, lot 88, from above


Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts, Festival of the Arts, July 1957 (as Easter Lillies)

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Tiger Lilies, after 1925, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, signed lower left: JANE PETERSON; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut

Tiger Lilies, oil on canvas, 25 x 20 inches, signed lower left: JANE PETERSON.; Endicott College Collection, Walter J. Manninen Trust, Beverly, Massachusetts

Note: A 1922 article by the artist in The Garden Magazine, published by Doubleday, expresses the importance of floral subject matter to her. She wrote:

I have painted flowers in every possible way: as a botanist, I have dissected and studied and analyzed their parts and named them; as a designer, I have conventionalized them and used them for patterns; I have painted their portraits, doing one flower over and over again in various positions and poses; I have painted them realistically in bunches paying careful attention to the characteristics of each individual specimen; I have painted them as still life to study their color and quality and atmosphere; I have painted them decoratively, taking their ever impressive beauty only as a suggestion for the creative imagination; and I painted them sentimentally because I wished to commemorate the gift of a friend.[1]

[1] Cynthia Roznoy and Arlene Katz Nichols, Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad (Waterbury, CT: Mattatuck Museum, 2017), 43.

Artist Biography

American Painter Who Found Beauty in Exotic Locales and Local Gardens

By Amy Spencer

Best known for her Impressionistic paintings of flowers, Jane Peterson was an adventurer at heart; challenging the conventions of her time she traveled independently on painting trips to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Jane Peterson was an artist who achieved significant critical attention and adulation over the course of her career. Following her first American solo

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