Thursday, April 4, 2013
Discovering Peto's World
This evening the Boatworks hosted the BAC's monthly member meeting. After the usual business, we had a special presentation about the artist John F. Peto. The artist lived and studied painting in Philadelphia in the late 19th century, becoming a master of the trompe l'oeil style of still life painting, and a part of the established Philadelphia artist community. After a few years of enjoying vacations in Island Heights, he decided to permanently relocate there, building a house/studio for himself and his family. He remained there until his death in 1907. That house, which had remained in his family for over a century, has recently been restored and opened as a museum devoted to the life and work of Peto. Harry Bower, a trustee from the museum, talked about the process of restoring the house and about the kinds of things they continue to learn as part of their restoration process. Then we saw a video presentation about the artist, his life, his contemporaries, and his work.