|Red House, Autumn.|
Carl William Peters is best known as a poet-painter of winter landscapes that he composed directly from the fields.
By Alexandra A Jopp
Carl William Peters, “one of the best kept secrets in the history of twentieth century American art,” was born to Frederick and Louisa Peters in a Rochester, N.Y., community of working-class German immigrants on Nov. 14, 1897.1 Peters studied anatomy, perspective and illustration at Rochester’s Mechanics Institute of Technology while working for a sign painter and serving as an apprentice to a theatre scene design company. He then went to the famed Art Students League in New York where he learned landscape painting.
Peters concentrated on reproducing the ordinary places of America early in his career. He painted winter scenes and produced landscapes of his beloved Genesee Land with a rare “spirit of place” that drew critical acclaim during a long and prolific career that lasted until his death at 82. Peters could be compared to John Henry Twachtman, with whom he shared a love of the muted tones of winter subjects.
|Morning on the Cove, Janus Galleries.|
|Stream in Winter.|
|The Studio and Barn.|
|At the Pier.|
|Snow Scene with Man and Horses.|