Geometric Abstraction

Peter Miller

oil on canvas, 20 x 40 inches

Framed

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.

Additional work by this artist

Still Life

Still Life

Peter Miller
Patchwork in Red

Patchwork in Red

Peter Miller
Instruments

Instruments

Peter Miller

Other works in Modern

Warrior

Warrior

Peter Miller
Harvest

Harvest

Peter Miller
Boy Waiting

Boy Waiting

Bernard Harmon

Other works in Abstract

Turtle Ceremony

Turtle Ceremony

Peter Miller
The Whisperers

The Whisperers

Peter Miller
Midsummer Night

Midsummer Night

Peter Miller

Other works in Modernism

Spring Turtle

Spring Turtle

Peter Miller
House of Stones

House of Stones

Peter Miller
Soul Shine

Soul Shine

Peter Miller
Ceremony

Ceremony

Peter Miller

Other works in Peter Miller Collection

Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo

Peter Miller
Turtle Petroglyph

Turtle Petroglyph

Peter Miller
Shedu

Shedu

Peter Miller
Patchwork in Red

Patchwork in Red

Peter Miller