Genesee Country Village & Museum

Mumford, NY



Robert Kuhn Painting Donated to Genesee Country Village & Museum


One of wildlife master Robert Kuhn's finest paintings has arrived at Genesee Country Village & Museum's Gallery of Sporting Art last month through the special efforts of the artist himself. Upon Mr. Kuhn's suggestion, Robert and Wanda Bartleson of Drummond Island, Michigan, donated his Wild Dogs Resting (1977) to the gallery. (left: Wild Dogs Resting, 1977, Donated by Robert and Wanda Bartleson)

"The museum is very grateful to the Bartlesons for this very generous gift to the gallery collection, and to Robert Kuhn for his assistance in making this gift possible," says Betsy W. Harrison, president and CEO.

"Mr. Kuhn often recommends the gallery to serious wildlife artists, collectors and art publishers," says Diane Jones, curator of the gallery. At the gallery, Ms. Jones says, Mr. Kuhn says people can experience some of the finest works in 400 years of wildlife and sporting art, many of which explore the relationship between humans and animals. He believes many of his best works are here as well.

"I consider Wild Dogs Resting to be in the top 10 percent of my work" Mr. Kuhn has said. "While on a trip to the Serengeti, my wife Libby and I encountered a pack of wild dogs. We stayed with them for a while and they finally flopped down to rest on a termite mound. "Wild dogs are rarely seen together in large numbers. Over the years they have been susceptible to disease, and also the many people in Africa who see them as a threat to big game animals and will kill them on sight." Kuhn chose to depict this pack of wild dogs as "being 'un-wild,' to give us a kinder view of these normally relentless predators."

Mr. Kuhn's work has long been represented in the gallery, with 11 acrylic paintings and nine preliminary sketches already in the permanent collection.

Born in 1920 in Buffalo, Mr. Kuhn spent many hours of his childhood sketching animals at the Buffalo Zoo. He studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York and later became a successful commercial illustrator for such outdoor magazines as Field and Stream, True and Outdoor Life. In 1970, he devoted his efforts to full-time easel painting. He has since been exhibited in several museums, and continues to receive commissions from several major wildlife art collectors and museums. He has won awards and medals at such distinguished shows as the National Academy of Western Art and the Society of Animal Artists' Art and the Animal exhibition.

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