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Daily Art Moment: Peri Schwartz

I was saddened to learn of the death of artist Peri Schwartz on May 7. I first met Ms. Schwartz in 2016, and was captivated by her paintings and prints that focused on the studio life. She took the humble material around her—stretched canvases, paint brushes, and jars of paint and ink—as the starting point for a meditation on color and form. When she offered to give the Portland Art Museum a work from her recent edition, I selected “Bottles and Jars III.” Ms. Schwarz explained that she worked tirelessly to prepare pigments that she would depict, varying the color, density, and opacity until she had the perfect balance. Not only the bottles but also their reflections shimmer in the limpid light of Schwartz’s prints. The balanced composition, luminous color, and brilliant printing in color spitbite never fail to mesmerize me. This talented artist will be missed.

Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Peri Schwartz (American, 1951–2021), Bottles and Jars III, 2015. Color spit bite etching on paper. Gift of the Artist, 2016.92.1