The Art of
Gilbert Munger

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#267. Rivers Bend.   19 x 40, oil on canvas relined. Not signed. The artist Myra Dowd Monroe was Gilbert Munger's niece and she lived in or near Guilford CT. After Munger's death in 1903 she and Munger's brother Roger S. Munger went to New York to clear out Gilbert Munger's effects which were stored in the Lincoln Warehouse. They found there his palette, brushes, watercolor boxes, sketch books, etc. There were also many unstretched canvases in rolls. She wrote an early paper on Gilbert Munger in Connecticut Magazine in 1904. Her daughter was Dorris Monroe Weissman, whose son is Chris Weissman.

In 1994 the Munger collector Robert S. Orcutt visited Mrs. Weissman and reported on the conversation to me. He listed six Munger paintings in the Monroe collection, authenticated by family lore and by an appraisal, dated April 1971, from R. H. Tolland, Director Emeritus of the Atlanta Art Assoc. Museums. One of them could well be this painting. (The descriptions in that list are not precise).

Michael and Julie Meyer of Yonkers NY bought this painting from Chris Weissman in 2010. When they purchased the painting it was said to be of California and that seems plausible. The obvious guess as to subject is the west side Mt. Shasta from Strawberry Valley. But Munger usually painted accurate topography and the mountain here is a little vague. On the other hand, the provenance is strong. And the signature could have been lost when the painting was relined. Also, another (signed) Munger of Mt. Shasta, #89, shows a similar loose style and a similar depiction of a mountain. Image from email sent by Michael and Julie Meyer, the owners.

© Michael D. Schroeder 13 Mar 2010   Updated 3 May 2020