Peter Miller

1913-1996

Peter Miller

Peter Miller

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 and her husband Earle considered New Mexico their spiritual home, and in 1935 they built a ranch in Española, about 25 miles north of Santa Fe. Being neighbors of the indigenous people of the Tewa Pueblo, their crafts and religious beliefs fascinated Peter and the reliance of Native Americans upon the land and the animals permeated her work for most of her career.

Works by this artist

Inner Space

Inner Space

Peter Miller
Patchwork in Red

Patchwork in Red

Peter Miller
Night Ceremony

Night Ceremony

Peter Miller
Head and Vase

Head and Vase

Peter Miller
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Singers

Singers

Peter Miller
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Story of the Hunt

Story of the Hunt

Peter Miller
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Five Ceremonial Dancers

Five Ceremonial Dancers

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Light

Light

Peter Miller
Indian Chief

Indian Chief

Peter Miller
Orange Abstract

Orange Abstract

Peter Miller
Snake Priestess

Snake Priestess

Peter Miller
Salutation

Salutation

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The Marriage

The Marriage

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Crescent Moon and Stars

Crescent Moon and Stars

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Magic Circle

Magic Circle

Peter Miller
The Offerings

The Offerings

Peter Miller
Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower

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Portrait of an Artist

Portrait of an Artist

Peter Miller
Time

Time

Peter Miller
Moon Wisdom

Moon Wisdom

Peter Miller
Indian Spirit Peter Miller

Indian Spirit

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Head

Head

Peter Miller
House of Stones

House of Stones

Peter Miller
Gifts from Heaven

Gifts from Heaven

Peter Miller
Game Board

Game Board

Peter Miller
Transmission

Transmission

Peter Miller
The Ancients

The Ancients

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Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

Peter Miller
Bandelier

Bandelier

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The Sibyls

The Sibyl's

Peter Miller
Phoebus Apollo

Phoebus Apollo

Peter Miller
Tsankawi

Tsankawi

Peter Miller
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Reclined Nude with Book

Reclined Nude with Book

Peter Miller
Magic Circle

Magic Circle

Peter Miller
Dove Cote

Dove Cote

Peter Miller
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Family Roots

Family Roots

Peter Miller
Spanish Magic

Spanish Magic

Peter Miller
January

January

Peter Miller
Pueblo Pottery

Pueblo Pottery

Peter Miller
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Transformation

Transformation

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Flowers

Flowers

Peter Miller
Head House

Head House

Peter Miller
Midnight Dance

Midnight Dance

Peter Miller
The Journey

The Journey

Peter Miller
Three Goddesses

Three Goddesses

Peter Miller
Natures Song

Nature's Song

Peter Miller
Winter

Winter

Peter Miller
Awanyu

Awanyu

Peter Miller
Banner

Banner

Peter Miller
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Wedding

Wedding

Peter Miller
The Altar

The Altar

Peter Miller
The Magical Orb

The Magical Orb

Peter Miller
Dreamer

Dreamer

Peter Miller
Tewa Vessels

Tewa Vessels

Peter Miller
Shedu

Shedu

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Moonlight Wisdom

Moonlight Wisdom

Peter Miller
Bird

Bird

Peter Miller
Soul Shine

Soul Shine

Peter Miller
Ceremonial Bowls

Ceremonial Bowls

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Solitude

Solitude

Peter Miller
January

January

Peter Miller
Archaic Figure

Archaic Figure

Peter Miller
Midsummer Night

Midsummer Night

Peter Miller
Council of Elders

Council of Elders

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Abstract Night Scene

Abstract Night Scene

Peter Miller
Citadel

Citadel

Peter Miller
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Time Piece

Time Piece

Peter Miller
Moon Dance

Moon Dance

Peter Miller
Los Alamos Mesa

Los Alamos Mesa

Peter Miller
Figure

Figure

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Turtle Petroglyph

Turtle Petroglyph

Peter Miller
Eastward

Eastward

Peter Miller
Priestess

Priestess

Peter Miller
Crowned Head

Crowned Head

Peter Miller
Abstraction 30

Abstraction #30

Peter Miller
Symbols

Symbols

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Flower Spirit

Flower Spirit

Peter Miller
Swords in Orange

Swords in Orange

Peter Miller
Serpent

Serpent

Peter Miller
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Organic

Organic

Peter Miller
Yellow Message

Yellow Message

Peter Miller
Spring Turtle

Spring Turtle

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Canyon Wall

Canyon Wall

Peter Miller
Ancient Fragments

Ancient Fragments

Peter Miller
Labyrinth

Labyrinth

Peter Miller
Castle Wall

Castle Wall

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Enchantment

Enchantment

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Shields

Shields

Peter Miller
Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

Peter Miller
Bird and Star

Bird and Star

Peter Miller
Indian Signs

Indian Signs

Peter Miller
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Abstract Male Figure

Abstract Male Figure

Peter Miller
Soul Shine

Soul Shine

Peter Miller
Messenger

Messenger

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Two Figures

Two Figures

Peter Miller
Dance Wands

Dance Wands

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Courtship

Courtship

Peter Miller
Transformation

Transformation

Peter Miller
Alchemy

Alchemy

Peter Miller
Hieroglyphics

Hieroglyphics

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Turtle and Soul

Turtle and Soul

Peter Miller
Winter

Winter

Peter Miller
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Head Male Portrait

Head (Male Portrait)

Peter Miller
Shield

Shield

Peter Miller
Hawksnake

Hawksnake

Peter Miller
Order Slips

Order Slips

Peter Miller
Harvest

Harvest

Peter Miller
Prayer Paddles

Prayer Paddles

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Two Harpis

Two Harpis

Peter Miller
Flight

Flight

Peter Miller
Gemini

Gemini

Peter Miller
Dancers

Dancers

Peter Miller
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Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo

Peter Miller
Tools

Tools

Peter Miller
White Blanket

White Blanket

Peter Miller
Parrot

Parrot

Peter Miller
Deer Dance

Deer Dance

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Head of Woman

Head of Woman

Peter Miller
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King

King

Peter Miller
Magic Stones

Magic Stones

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Soaring

Soaring

Peter Miller
Seed

Seed

Peter Miller
Ceremony

Ceremony

Peter Miller
Harpie

Harpie

Peter Miller
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Woman with Birds

Woman with Birds

Peter Miller
Winter Turtles

Winter Turtles

Peter Miller
Communication

Communication

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Figure

Figure

Peter Miller
Warrior

Warrior

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Forest

Forest

Peter Miller
Singer and Altar

Singer and Altar

Peter Miller
Medallions

Medallions

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The Sunflower

The Sunflower

Peter Miller
Leaves

Leaves

Peter Miller
Woman

Woman

Peter Miller
Five

Five

Peter Miller
Abstract

Abstract

Peter Miller
Four Figures

Four Figures

Peter Miller
Seated Figure

Seated Figure

Peter Miller
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Three Tewa Gods

Three Tewa Gods

Peter Miller
Feathers

Feathers

Peter Miller
Still Life

Still Life

Peter Miller
Ritual

Ritual

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Stars

Stars

Peter Miller
Instruments

Instruments

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November

November

Peter Miller
Eagle Dancer

Eagle Dancer

Peter Miller
Altar Piece

Altar Piece

Peter Miller
Night Dance

Night Dance

Peter Miller
The Sorceress

The Sorceress

Peter Miller
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Sunflower

Sunflower

Peter Miller
Magic Garden

Magic Garden

Peter Miller
Order Slips 2

Order Slips #2

Peter Miller
The Afterlife

The Afterlife

Peter Miller
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Two Figures

Two Figures

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Collective Subconscious

Collective Subconscious

Peter Miller
The Whisperers

The Whisperers

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Into the Moon

Into the Moon

Peter Miller
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Dancers

Dancers

Peter Miller
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Shields

Shields

Peter Miller
Triothi

Triothi

Peter Miller