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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 31.125 in. x W 31 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 31.125 in. x W 31 in.
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Peter Miller
Los Alamos Mesa, American Modernist Figurative Southwestern Painting

1940's

$38,000

About

Peter Miller was an artist, a philanthropist, a mystic, and a woman of endless passion for adventure. In the early years of studying, she was greatly inspired by the European masters Henri Matisse and Jean Miró. "Los Alamos Mesa" is a wonderful Matisse style example of the influence of this inspiration. The painting exemplifies her formidable understanding of form, shape, and color in landscape representation. Peter's admiration for Henri Matisse and Jean Miró was of such importance, she eventually would meet and befriend the artists personally. Peter Miller's artwork has been exhibited most notably at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1954, 1969); Julien Levy Gallery, New York (1944, 1945); Santa Fe State Art Museum (1935); The Woman, Art of this Century, Peggy Guggenheim (1945); Modern Art Gallery, Santa Fe (1948); 150th National Academy of Design/New York (1975); Lacarda Gallery, New York (1975); Olympia Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (1975); The Schoolhouse, Downingtown, PA 1992). One critic and longtime supporter called her work "that rare combination of incurable romantic and classical empiricist". "Los Alamos Mesa" is a 30.125 x 30 inches, oil on canvas landscape, painted in a vibrant color palette. The work is estate stamped #202093 on verso. The painting has been conserved and inspected by conservation specialist, Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio, Inc. American artist Peter Miller (1913-1996) was born Henrietta Myers in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She began using the name Peter Miller after concluding her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1934 and her marriage to fellow artist and Academy student Earle Miller in 1935. She felt collectors and critics would take her paintings more seriously if she was identified as a male. In childhood, Henrietta and her best friend Ruth picked fictitious nicknames for themselves, and Henrietta reportedly decided upon the name Peter because she liked the idea that it was derived from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”. Drawn to being one with the natural world would prove to be an essential inspiration to her creativity throughout her life. Miller is classified as an American Modernist, a reputation she earned for having shown at the prestigious gallery and premiere showcase for Surrealist painting of Julien Levy in New York in the 1940s. Reviewers of her exhibitions noted the unmistakable influence of the artists Joan Miró, whose work she owned and whom she knew, and Arthur Carles, whom she studied with, and sources in Native American culture, which came from sharing time between her home state of Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Peter Miller developed a deep love and spiritual connection to the land and the people of New Mexico. Her and her husband Earle considered New Mexico their spiritual home. In the summer of 2021, "Peter Miller, Forgotten Woman of American Modernism", a fully illustrated, comprehensive, and first ever published monograph on the artist was released, with a text written by art historian Francis M. Naumann, preface by publisher Paul Gratz, and an essay by artist Bill Richards. "Los Alamos Mesa" is included in the monograph and a copy of the book will be included in the purchase of this painting. Additional shipping quotes are available per request made to the seller via 1stDibs messaging.

Details

  • Creator
    Peter Miller (1913 - 1996, American)
  • Creation Year
    1940's
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.125 in. (79.06 cm)Width: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Depth: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    The painting has been cleaned and varnished.
  • Gallery Location
    Doylestown, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1402210390042

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