A fourth generation art dealer, Gerold M. Wunderlich has been involved in the American art gallery business since 1968 and is an expert in traditional American paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints from 1750 to present. Collectors and dealers, alike, have called upon him for his opinion on American works of art. Surrounded by American art since childhood, he has been asked for his expertise in American art, and has been included on numerous vetting committees, including the Winter Antiques Show, the foremost antiques show in the nation.
Prior becoming a full time art dealer, he received his BA in economics, and completed his graduate work in art history at the University of Delaware and The George Washington University. Before entering “the Trade” he interned at two museums.
Mr. Wunderlich specializes in early American portraiture, the Hudson River School, Genre painting, Still life painting, Marine painting, Sporting and Wildlife art, historical Western painting, American Impressionism, Regionalism, and Realism of the 20th century. He is also an expert on American Historical prints, including aquatints; engravings, woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and chromolithographs produced prior to 1900, and to a lesser extent, American Fine prints of the first half of the 20th century. He has been actively involved with American sculpture, with an especially strong knowledge of Western American bronzes.
He was an early dealer promoting Contemporary Realism, at a time when it was not in vogue, and he has personally represented and exhibited numerous important painters in this genre, including Richard Maury, Richard Thomas Davis, Charles Pfahl, David Campbell, Scott Fraser, Robert Vickrey, Walter Hatke, Burton Silverman, Harvey Dinnerstein and Ben Kamihira, among others. He has also handled, represented and exhibited the work of more traditional painters, John Stobart, Thomas Aquinas Daly and was responsible for bringing the work of Michael Coleman to New York. On Contemporary Realism, Gerold Wunderlich has been quoted in articles for Art & Auction Magazine as well as ArtNews Magazine.
Gerold Wunderlich is continuing in the art tradition begun by his great, grandfather, Hermann Wunderlich, whose career started in the 1860s for Goupil & Co. (predecessor to M. Knoedler & Company) prior to starting the family business, Hermann Wunderlich & Co., in 1874. Hermann Wunderlich was a leading Old Master print dealer, but quickly evolved as he turned his attention to contemporary artists, notably, William Merritt Chase, Ehihu Vedder, John Twachtman and Julian Weir. By the late 1870s, Hermann began handling the prints of the ex-patriot American artist James Abbott MacNeil Whistler, a flamboyant personality and enfant terrible of art circles. Whistler reawaked printmaking with his aesthetic vision, and was an outspoken proponent of art pour l’art. Under the title, “Arrangement in White & Yellow,” Whistler exhibited his “Venetian Set” at Wunderlich’s in 1883. Six years later Whistler again choose Wunderlich for his premier painting exhibition in his native land, entitled “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, a show consisting of 62 original watercolors, pastels and several oils, including Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket. This later painting was the subject of the controversial lawsuit between the English art critic, John Ruskin and Whistler, whereby Ruskin’s infamous review accused Whistler of “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.”
Upon Hermann’s premature passing in 1892, Edward Guthrie Kennedy, ran the company. In approximately 1908, the galleries name was changed to Kennedy & Co. With E. G. Kennedy’s retirement in 1916, Mr. Wunderlich’s grandfather, Herman, became the galleries senior partner, until his death in 1951, whereupon Mr. Wunderlich’s father, Rudolf G. Wunderlich, became president of Kennedy Galleries, Inc. and presided over it through its heyday. It was the preeminent gallery in American art, specializing in virtually every aspect of American art. Gerold M. Wunderlich was a stockholder in Kennedy Galleries until 1983, when he formed Wunderlich & Company, Inc.
Gerold Wunderlich has been a full time dealer since 1976, and in this capacity has purchased and sold thousands of American paintings, prints and bronzes. Prior to becoming a private dealer, Gerold Wunderlich ran a public gallery on 57th Street.
As a private dealer, Mr. Wunderlich personally chooses each work for its individual aesthetic quality. Conservative conservation and the selection of an appropriate frame is part and parcel of properly preserving a work of art for future generations. Individual viewing of works of art can be arranged at our client’s convenience.