Carl William Peters

(1897 – 1980)

Carl William Peters, born in 1897, was an American Scene painter. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and then spent the following four summers in Woodstock, the League’s summer school. It was here he made large developments in his style, adding elements of “rural cubism” and “Cézannesque formalism.” He was also influenced by the Social Realist Leader Robert Henri to create scenes of modern, ordinary life. He lived in Genesee Valley in western New York throughout the winter, creating winter landscapes, and then created port scenes while staying in Cape Ann during the summer. Peters went on to win national awards, including three Hallgarten Prizes from the National Academy of Design.