Peter Schmidt

1931 - 1980

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Peter Schmidt, born on 17 May 1931 in Berlin, moved to England with his Jewish mother in 1938. He began his artistic journey in 1947. He pursued formal art education at Goldsmiths College (1951-1953) and the Slade School (1953-1957). In 1957–58, he received the Abbey Minor Travelling Scholarship, which he spent in Sicily. Upon returning to England, Schmidt transitioned to painting directly from objects and people, primarily using oils. His work was exhibited at Beaux Arts, and he had his first solo exhibition in 1961, which was also the subject of a BBC TV film titled "Cubisim and beyond. Departures".