August 22, 2007

American-art collectors Peter and Paula Lunder believe the collection speaks for itself

Robbie Brown reports in the Boston Globe: “Peter Lunder, the former Dexter Shoe Company president, and his wife Paula, who live in Maine and own a home in Boston, have assembled one of the nation's largest and most valuable collections of American art. Appraised at $100 million, the Lunder portfolio comprises 500 works by American masters….But they just don't talk publicly about it. Even after the couple pledged their entire collection to Peter's alma mater Colby College in May -- one of the largest art gifts ever to a liberal arts college -- they declined all interview requests. 'We appreciate the interest in us and in the Colby Museum,' Paula Lunder said recently when reached by telephone at their Scarborough home. ‘But we don't talk to the press.’” Read more. Artists in the collection include: John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler , Mary Cassatt, George Inness, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Paul Manship, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Jenny Holzer.

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