Anne Peretz studied painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris, when she was 13. At Smith College she worked with Mervin Jules and Leonard Baskin. Later she did printmaking with Seong Moy at Pratt Institute and painting with Anthony Toney at the New School.
Peretz’s subject is landscape. She has painted mostly on Cape Cod when the images are sometimes tough and sometimes calm, seductively calm. She goes back from time to time to the same spots, to the same subtle crevice in the sand, to the same windswept tree on the dune, to the same pond either rippled or at utter calm, to the same path taking the viewer into infinity…or eternity. But on the canvas they appear as different spots, often, however, the variety represents the painter’s sensibility which is constant and her mood which is certainly not.
Still, the discipline of Peretz’s brush is what her eyes see….filtered through what she imagines beyond. She sees both the perfect calm of idyllic nature and treacherous storms. Her paintings, nuanced in stroke, in color and in depth, are at once almost luminist, as in Inness, and flat in the complicated way of Rothko.
Peretz paints large canvases of Cape dunes as well as intimate works begun at least en pleine aire. But the Cape does not exhaust either her painterly vocabulary or imagery. She has evoked the grandeur of New Zealand, the intimacy and awe of Israel in rocks and sparse hillsides around Jerusalem, the wildness of the Spanish coast, the stubborn historicity of cities and villages emerging from the Moroccan desert, and what are surely the near-last impressions of pilings at our sea ports and dunes sliding into the sea fading away in places before our very eyes.
Anne Peretz’s paintings hang in many distinguished and distinctive private collections. The public collections include the Metropolitan museum of Art, the Bard College Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Israel Museum, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Her work has been previously represented by the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries in New York City and Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Five of her larger works are on loan to the Boston law firm of Goulston and Storrs.
Anne Peretz is also founder of a mental health and family service agency, The Parenting Journey in Somerville, Massachusetts.
She lives and works in Cambridge, MA and Truro, Cape Cod.
To learn more about Anne and her role as founder of the The Parenting Journey, visit parentingjourney.org