Richard Buckner Gruelle

Artist: Richard Buckner Gruelle was a member of the Hoosier Group
Birth:  February 22, 1851
Birth City: Cynthiana Kentucky
Death:  November 8th, 1914
Marriage: Alice Benton

Artist Summary

Subject Matter: Portraits, Landscapes
Art Associations: Indianapolis Art Association, Society of Western Artists (1896-1914)
Art Education:
Art Awards:

Biography of Richard Gruelle


Wanted to be an artist at an early age and was basically self-taught
Apprenticed with a local sign painter but eventually moved to Decatur Illinois to pursue his own projects
Started painting landscapes with T. C Steele, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, and Otto Stark after moving to Indianapolis in 1882
The Baltimore art collector William T. Walters asked Richard to write a book about his collection.
The book, entitled “Notes: Critical and Biographical” took most of 1893 and 1894 to complete but established him as an accomplished writer
In 1894, Gruelle participated in the famed Five Hoosier Painters show with William Forsyth, Otto Stark, T.C. Steele, and J. Ottis Adams.
Moved his family to New Your City in 1905 to find greater artistic
Gruelle's son, Johnny Gruelle became famous as a commercial artist and creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy.
Richard moved back to Indianapolis in 1907 but in 1909 decided to finally settling in Norwalk Connecticut on a large parcel of land along the Silver Mine River
In 1912, Gruelle suffered a debilitating passing away on November 8, 1914, during a family visit back to Indianapolis


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