George Peter (1859-1950), Austrian/American
HOPI INDIAN SNAKE DANCE, WALPI, ARIZONA, 1914
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 14 lower left. Together with a Milwaukee Public Museum postcard that they published depicting this painting in colour postmarked: “Milwaukee Wis. Aug 1, 1946”
14.75" x 38" — 37.5 x 96.5 cm.
Reproduced by the Milwaukee Public Museum as a postcard for promotional purposes from 1920-1935.
George Peter, a commercial artist, attended the German Royal Art School, Vienna, and studied in Munich and Karlsruhe. He immigrated to the U.S. and to Milwaukee in 1886, where he worked in commercial art, as scenic artist for the Pabst Theater. A leading figure of the Milwaukee panoramic school, he was among the group of artists which painted the cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta, now in Atlanta, Ga., and also worked with George Rohrbeck and Frederick W. Heine on the panorama of the Battle of Manila. With Heine, he also painted the panorama of Jerusalem for the St. Louis Exposition (1903). Peter also painted the panorama scene for the film “Gone with the Wind”. (Falk)
In 1912, Peter became a scenic artist for the Milwaukee Public Museum, and was made chief artist in 1923, and supervisor of preparation in 1927. He retired from the museum in 1940, after having accompanied 23 museum expeditions to all parts of the world. P. Butts, Art in Wis. (Madison, 1936); Milwaukee Journal, June 27, 1950; Information supplied by Albert G. Peter, Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Public Museum.
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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
Private Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico