|Charles Rollo Peters |
Charles Rollo Peters was born in San Francisco, California on April 20, 1862 into a wealthy pioneer family. Peters studied locally at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Chris Jorgensen and privately with Jules Tavernier. In 1886 he went to Paris where he was a student of Gerome and Cormon at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and of Boulanger and Lefebvre at Academie Julian. While in Paris he exhibited at the Paris Salon and was greatly influenced by Alexander Harrison and James McNeil Whistler (who once remarked that Peters was the only other artist other than himself who could paint nocturnes). Peters returned to his home in 1890, married the following year, and again spent four years studying in Europe. Upon his return to California, he settled in Monterey where he built a 30 acre estate called Peters' Gate. His home was a haven for other artists and he entertained lavishly until the money ran out. Following tragic losses of both his wife and small daughter, Peters remarried in 1909. The Monterey house was sold and the family went to Europe for two years. The remainder of Peters' life was spent in San Francisco with sporadic trips to the continent. He died in the city of the Golden Gate on March 1, 1928.
Eugen Neuhaus stated, "He loved to paint the crumbling facades and tiled roofs of some moonlit Spanish adobe, and in developing the inherent textural and color qualities, he achieved a very unique and personal style. His color schemes are the rich analogues of the blue and purple of the night with complementary nuances of a small bit of orange light peeping through a half-shut window."
Member: San Francisco Art Association; Bohemian Club; Salmagundi Club, New York.
Exhibited: Paris Salon, 1889; Union League Club of New York, 1899; San Francisco Art Association annuals 1891-1923; Mechanics Institute, San Francisco; Alaskan-Yukon Expo, 1909; Bohemian Club to 1923; Del Monte Gallery, Monterey, from 1907; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Colton Hall, Monterey, 1968 (solo); Oakland Museum, 1972.
Works Held: Society of California Pioneers; CHS; De Young Museum; Bohemian Club; Oakland Museum; Monterey Peninsula Museum.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.