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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