SOLD Still Life with Zinnias and Petunias

by Jane Peterson (1876–1965)
Oil on canvas
32⅛ x 32⅛ inches
Signed lower left: JANE PETERSON


Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York, New York

Private collection, Connecticut

Sale, Fairfield Auction, Monroe, Connecticut, July 20, 2014, lot 91

Private collection, Connecticut

Sale, Fairfield Auction, Monroe, Connecticut, January 25, 2023, lot 66

Private collection, New York, New York

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Petunias and Zinnias, ca. 1926, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches; The San Diego Museum of Art, California

Art Deco Vase, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches; The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Note: Jane Peterson painted an increasing number of floral arrangements following her marriage in 1925. For the artist, each cut flower offered a varied ephemeral beauty to understand. Peterson described, “The reason I paint flowers is because of all things in the world, I think flowers the most beautiful,” continuing, “Nature has expended on them a marvelous wealth of color—they scintillate the prismatic hues of the rainbow; they harmonize the pastel shades of the night; they are all that is delicate; all that is lurid, brilliant, bizarre. They are living things with personality and refinement, with delicacy of form and structure, with variety of size and shape, with rhythm and charm of arrangement, with grace and dignity of bearing.”[1]

[1] Jane Peterson, “Why I Paint Flowers,” The Garden Magazine 36, no. 1 (September 1922): 31.

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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