Peru Community Schools Art Gallery: The G. David Thompson Collection

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April 16, 2013
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   Circus Performance, oil by Milton Avery— Today G. David Thompson's art collection would be worth upwards of $350 million.

     

    Circus Performance, oil by Milton Avery— Today G. David Thompson's art collection would be worth upwards of $350 million.
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   Sujet Mythologuique signed lithograph by George Braque—In 1928, G. David purchased his first important piece of art—a Paul Klee. By 1945, he owned four steel companies in Pittsburgh.

     

    Sujet Mythologuique signed lithograph by George Braque—In 1928, G. David purchased his first important piece of art—a Paul Klee. By 1945, he owned four steel companies in Pittsburgh.
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   The Burial oil by Jorge Camacho—G. David's primary interest was abstract art. He also had a keen eye for and collected Americana, folk art, and Oriental porcelain. 

     

    The Burial oil by Jorge Camacho—G. David's primary interest was abstract art. He also had a keen eye for and collected Americana, folk art, and Oriental porcelain.
     
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   Mist Off Shore oil by William Merritt Chase—G. David's art collection was so famous, when Mist Off Shore and 343 other works were shown in Dusseldorf Germany in 1961, it made headlines in Time magazine.

     

    Mist Off Shore oil by William Merritt Chase—G. David's art collection was so famous, when Mist Off Shore and 343 other works were shown in Dusseldorf Germany in 1961, it made headlines in Time magazine.
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   Paysage oil by Henri Edmond Cross—In 1959, G. David offered his mansion and his entire collection, including all his works by Cross, Miró, and Giacometti to the city of Pittsburgh. The city rejected his offer. Too bad, it was their loss. 

     

    Paysage oil by Henri Edmond Cross—In 1959, G. David offered his mansion and his entire collection, including all his works by Cross, Miró, and Giacometti to the city of Pittsburgh. The city rejected his offer. Too bad, it was their loss. 
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   La Fille au Reflect D'Homme oil by Jean Helion— This oil by noted French abstract artist Jean Helion is the cover image for the new Peru Community Schools Art Gallery. 

     

    La Fille au Reflect D'Homme oil by Jean Helion— This oil by noted French abstract artist Jean Helion is the cover image for the new Peru Community Schools Art Gallery. 
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   Bowl of Fruit oil by Arthur Beecher Carles—When it came to showing his art collection at museums, G. David was adament on how his art would be displayed. For the ehibition at the Guggenheim Museum in the 1960's, he wrote the catalog introdution himself; "Taste and experience play an important role. During the years I classified art as abstract or realistic and by schools such as DaDa or Surrealist. Today I recognize but two kinds....good art and bad art."

     

    Bowl of Fruit oil by Arthur Beecher Carles—When it came to showing his art collection at museums, G. David was adament on how his art would be displayed. For the ehibition at the Guggenheim Museum in the 1960's, he wrote the catalog introdution himself; "Taste and experience play an important role. During the years I classified art as abstract or realistic and by schools such as DaDa or Surrealist. Today I recognize but two kinds....good art and bad art."
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