Carl William Peters, American (1897-1980).
Carl Peters was one of America's more successful and intriguing artists, a master landscape artist and
genre painter within the realist tradition, represented in his time by the American Scene and regionalist
movements. Carl Peters was born in upper New York State. At the age of sixteen, he declared himself an
artist and reportedly painted every day for the rest of his life.
After attending art school in Rochester, he enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City
and spent several summers in Woodstock, New York. At Woodstock, Peters came into contact with the
dynamic "Rock City rebels", including Andrew Dasburg, Henry Lee McFee and Konrad Cramer,
who were developing what became known as "rural cubism". Peters would slowly assimilate
some of these influences as well as elements of Cezanne into his own style. At the Art Students
League in New York City, Peters studied outdoor landscape painting initially under Charles Rosen,
and then John F. Carlson, who became another important mentor.
Peters was also member of the Rockport Art Association in Cape Ann, MA. He spent many summers there
capturing the idyllic beauty of the New England summers, frequently painting alongside Cape Ann
luminaries such as Aldro Hibbard.
Peters exhibited extensively throughout his career and received many awards for his paintings. He
was the winner of three Hallgarten Prizes at the National Academy of Design. He also won numerous
other prizes throughout his career, including the first ever Fairchild Award in Rochester, NY and a
gold medal at the Rockport Art Association annual exhibition. He exhibited his works regularly at the
National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute
of Chicago, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, the Fort Worth Museum, the Rockport Art Association and
the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
Paintings by Peters may be found at the National Museum of American Art, part of the Smithsonian
Institution, in the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the Rockport Art Association,
and in various private collections.
An addtional painting by Carl Peters is currently also available.
Please click on Winter Brook to view.
Signed, lower left.
Oil on canvas. 25" x 30"