John Frederick Peto
(1854 - 1907)
John Frederick Peto was active/lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania. John Peto is known for trompe still life, marine and portrait painting.
Self Portrait with Rack Picture, 1904
Biography John Frederick Peto
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John Peto was born on March 17, 1854 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the
son of a dealer in picture frames and later of fire department
supplies. Little is known of his early artistic training except
that he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1877 and
during the next half dozen years he contributed works to its annual
exhibitions. While as the Academy he was influenced by classmate
William Harnett, "trompe l'oeil" painter. In contrast to Harnett, he
painted commonplace subjects that were in disorder and ramschackled.
1879 to 1889 Peto tried to live the life of a professional artist by
maintaining a studio in Philadelphia. However he was not very
successful because he often painted obj
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