Agnes Lawrence Pelton

Painting, Visual Artist

1881 – 1961


Who was Agnes Lawrence Pelton?

Agnes Lawrence Pelton was a modernist painter who was born in Stuttgart, Germany to American parents, William Halsey Pelton and Florence Pelton. She lived in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 1882 to 1884 and in Basel, Switzerland from 1884 to 1888. She relocated to Brooklyn after her father’s death in 1890. She studied at the Pratt Institute from 1895 to 1900, and privately with Arthur Wesley Dow in 1900. She took summer classes from William Langson Lathrop in 1907. She studied in Italy in 1910 and 1911, taking life drawing lessons at the British Academy in Rome, and also studied with Hamilton Easter Field. Walt Kuhn invited her to participate in the 1913 Armory Show, where two of her paintings were exhibited. In 1919, she visited Pueblo Indians in the American southwest, where she painted portraits and desert landscapes. She painted portraits and still lifes in Hawaii in 1923 and 1924. She settled in Cathedral City, California in 1932, and resided there until her death in 1961.

The Honolulu Museum of Art, the Raymond Jonson Collection at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art are among the public collections holding paintings by Agnes Lawrence Pelton.

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