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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.
Title:

Self Portrait with Rack Picture


Artist: John Frederick Peto (1854 - 1907)
Date: 1904
Dimensions:
18 1/2 × 12 1/4 in. (47 × 31.1 cm)
Framed: 24 1/2 × 18 1/4 × 2 1/4 in.
Medium: Oil on board
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2011.20
Not on View
Accession Number: 2011.20
In Collection(s)
ProvenanceEstate of the Artist, 1907; to Helen Peto Smiley [1893-1978] (his daughter), Island Heights, NJ; to Blossom Smiley Bejarano [1915-2003] (her daughter), Rochester, NY; (Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY); Private Collection; to (Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford ,CT), April 28, 2011, sale 042811, lot 96; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2011
Label TextJohn Frederick Peto’s art was his life, which he illustrates in this self-portrait. Set in the living room of his home in Island Heights, New Jersey, Peto gazes at the viewer with a relaxed and warm expression. Peto was not financially successful as an artist, so he earned his living playing the cornet and selling artworks to tourists. Although he worked in obscurity, he was a prolific artist who painted not for artistic fame, but because for him, art was inseparable from life.
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