John Elwood Bundy
Bundy was born to a Quaker family in Guilford County, North Carolina, and moved by covered wagon to a farm near Monrovia, Indiana, with his family at the age of five. He studied briefly in Indianapolis with Barton S. Hays but was primarily self-taught. Bundy did travel to New York to copy paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a time. He joined the art department of Earlham College in 1887 and took up painting full-time in 1895 from a studio behind his home on West Main Street in Richmond, Indiana. He was a founding member of the Society of Western Artists and was a central influence in the founding of the Richmond Art Museum in 1898. He was known for his portrayal of Indiana landscapes and particularly for his paintings of American beech trees, though he did make brief trips to paint in California and northern Michigan.
Bundy's work continues to be sought after, and his is found in numerous private collections and museums, including the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana State Museum and the Richmond Art Museum.
- Burnet, Mary Q. Art and Artists of Indiana. New York; The Century Co., 1921.
- Gerdts, William H. A Walk in the Woods: The Art of John Elwood Bundy
- Fedders, Kristin U. Poetic Woodlands: The Art of John Elwood Bundy Richmond Art Museum, 2002
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