John Horseman, the managing partner and chief executive of St. Louis-based Horseman Group, is a member of the Museum’s Board of Commissioners and the chair of the Collections Committee. Susan Horseman is a member of the Museum’s Friends Board. Together, they are members of the Leadership Circle.
“I am deeply grateful to John and Susan Horseman, whose generosity enables a richer and more complex representation of American modernism and will help us share a more compelling and diverse story of American art,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
The gift adds to the collection 16 paintings, including works by major artists not represented at the Museum. Walt Kuhn’s psychologically intense circus portraits are considered among the best of his oeuvre, as are the dreamlike landscapes of leading modernist Yasuo Kuniyoshi. “The Mountain” by Helen Lundeberg was included in one of the most important exhibitions on American female surrealists. The gift also includes a work by Charles Burchfield, one of the most acclaimed watercolorists of the 20th century.