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Peter Miller

Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches

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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. Exhibited at the Academy of the Fine Arts, 1992

Additional work by this artist

Three Tewa Gods

Three Tewa Gods

Peter Miller
January

January

Peter Miller
Game Board

Game Board

Peter Miller
Dreamer

Dreamer

Peter Miller

Other works in Modern

Young Man

Young Man

Bernard Harmon
Biomorphic

Biomorphic

Ray Leight

Other works in Modernism

Shedu

Shedu

Peter Miller
Four Figures

Four Figures

Peter Miller

Other works in Peter Miller Collection

Sunflower

Sunflower

Peter Miller
Pueblo Pottery

Pueblo Pottery

Peter Miller
Deer Dance

Deer Dance

Peter Miller
The Sibyls

The Sibyl's

Peter Miller