Ana Peters

1932-2012

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Bremen, 1932 – Dènia, 2012

Ana Peters was born in the seaport of Bremen (Germany) in 1932, the daughter of a shipping agent. In 1942, at the height of the Second World War, her family moved to Spain, where Peters trained as an artist. In 1946, she married the historian and art critic Tomàs Llorens.

In the 1960s, she was a member of the Valencian branch of Estampa Popular, a group hoped to bring contemporary art to a wider audience, in many instances by using content that contained social critique and images from the mass media.

In 1966, Peters showed a series of canvases entitled Images of Women in Consumer Society at the Galería Edurne in Madrid, a series that questioned the aesthetic and social stereotypes surrounding women at that time and painted in a language with clear lines close to Pop Art.

In the 1990s, she made her first forays into abstract painting, following in the tradition of colourist abstraction of Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt and Howard Hodgkin, producing a series of extremely beautiful monochrome pieces, large areas of colour punctuated with brushstrokes or blots reminiscent of lyrical abstraction.

Ana Peters’ work has been shown in exhibitions in the Valencian Community and in Madrid. The IVAM mounted a retrospective of Peters’ art in 2007 and she has featured in numerous international fairs, among them those of Paris, Cologne and Frankfurt. The time has now come for a broader public to discover her and fully appreciate her work.