Gund collection

DEFINITION

A collection of western art housed in Indianapolis at the Eiteljorg Museum from 2002 and created by George Gund (1888-1966, a Cleveland businessman. Gund was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and was raised in Seattle, where as a child he learned to ride horses. Although his family subsequently settled in Cleveland, he never forgot his love of the West, which translated to his collection of paintings, lithographs and sculpture representing the "West of the Horse". Included are works by Alfred Jacob Miller, Charles Bird King, Frederic Remington, Charles Schreyvogel, Charles Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson, and Henry Farny. Gund also collected western landscapes such as paintings by Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. Honoring Gund's wishes, his family sponsored a traveling exhibition of the collection, which toured for two decades before settling into a permanent home at the Eiteljorg. Source: Susan Campbell, 'The Gund Collection at the Eiteljor Museum', "American Art Review", February 2006, pp. 100-101.

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