The Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Collection stands as one of America’s most legendary assemblages of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art, a peerless collection demonstrating over half a century of scholarship and dedication by Harry ‘Hunk’ and Mary ‘Moo’ Anderson. The extraordinary collection for which the Andersons are celebrated was inspired by a fortuitous 1964 trip to the Louvre Museum. In Paris, what was meant to be a half-day visit to the Louvre became an unexpected two-day dialogue with fine art. Inspired by the beauty and excitement of what they had seen, the Andersons began to amass a collection of world-class art, initially obtaining the works of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and early European Modernism including the European sculpture featured here.
Among their first acquisitions were were works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and Picasso. After shifting their focus to early Modernists, German Expressionists and early American Modernists, Moo Anderson traveled to New York in 1968 — and the Andersons’ most enduring passion, for American contemporary art, was born. With the assistance of influential gallerists and scholars, the Andersons’ collection rapidly expanded to include leading artists such as Rothko, Still, Pollock, de Kooning, and Guston as well as their West Coast contemporaries David Park, and Wayne Thiebaud.
The Anderson Collection has come to encompass the very best in creative expression, providing a stimulating intellectual outlet for not just the Anderson family, but the countless students, scholars and museum-goers who have benefitted from the Andersons’ profound generosity. The depth and quality of the Anderson Collection is a testament to not only Hunk and Moo Anderson’s curatorial vision, but to the power of art in changing lives.