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 Irma Maduro Peixotto  (1881 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/New York/California      Known for: military scenes painting, commemorative bronze, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted January 2005, is from Cathy Nihart, the heir to the artist and "in possession of supporting documents, newspaper articles and letters referencing the artist's paintings and pastels."

Irma Maduro Peixotto Sellars (1881-1964) studied at the Art League of Washington, D.C., now the Corcoran College of Art, from 1898-1902 under the tutelege of Edwin Howland Blashfield, Kenyon Cox and Francis Hopkinson Smith. As a guest instructor, Frederic Remington himself personally advised her to specialize in "horses and Indians."

Well trained in the classic tradition and influenced by the romantic impressionism of the day, Peixotto opened a studio in Washington, DC. There she concentrated on military art, especially scenes of the U.S. Cavalry garrisoned in nearby Fort Myer, VA. Five of her oil paintings are in the Army Art Collection: Cavalry Charge is featured on their website at and Rearing Horses hangs permanently in the foyer of "Quarters One," the official residence of the Army Chief of Staff at Fort Myer.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point commissioned Peixotto to design the bronze memorial for Lt. Thomas Selfridge who became the first aviation casualty when he crash landed with Orville Wright at Fort Myer in 1908. Peixotto was a family friend of the Wrights, and her painting of the Wrights' bi-plane in the Army Art Collection has been exhibited at The Old Guard Museum.

Peixotto's marriage to civil engineer Thompson Sellars took her to Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1914 where she befriended and photographed the Northern Cree Indians during their last winter rendezvous, an authentic and historic gathering near File Hills. There she began work on her suite of eight pastels, which became the cornerstone of her show at the Los Angeles Kanst Gallery in February, 1920. The four chiefs are documented, important historic figures: Moostatik, Pimotat, Pointed Cap and StarBlanket, a giclee print of whom is in the Regina Military Museum.

Other existing works by Peixotto include scenes from early 20th century Arizona, army calvalry and garrison life, and landscapes of undeveloped Los Angeles. She wrote historical novels under the pseudonym Crighton Sellars.

She was born on January 10, 1881 in New York City, and died in December, 1964 in Beverly Hills, California.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Irma Peixotto was the only child of Daniel Levy Maduro Peixotto and Ida Solomons Peixotto.  Her interest in military subjects was linked to her father, a military officer, who was stationed in New York and then in Washington DC on General Ordway's staff in 1888 as an "aide-de-camp".  Subsequently he volunteered for the Spanish American War, and then became Military Marshall and Military Governor of Guantanamo at the time of his death.

Her family was American Jewish, originally from Spain, and the original family name was Maduro, but in Spain a Maduro man married a Peixotto woman, and he took her family surname.

"Peixotto also did illustrations for magazines", including for Good Housekeeping in 1906.  She  signed her work with her initials." (Smith)

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