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General Information

The Riverbank Foundation supports selected programs of scholarship, research, education, and exhibitions centered on artists of the 19th and 20th centuries that helped shape regional identity across the continent. The Foundation works solely with non-profit institutions, scholars, and educators. 

George Caleb Bingham (American, 1811-1879)
Boatmen on the Missouri, 1846
(Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA)
(Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, 1979.7.15)
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The leading project of the Riverbank Foundation centers around one of America’s most important 19th Century artists, George Caleb Bingham (aka The Missouri Artist), in order to ensure and further develop his important legacy in the place of American art history.

The Foundation will create an online, public-access catalogue raisonné of the paintings created by George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879).  Bingham is renowned today as one of the classic artists of the early American West, and his paintings rank among the nation’s greatest art treasures. The overarching goal of this project is to strengthen public and scholarly access to Bingham’s life’s work and ensure the lasting heritage of Missouri’s greatest and most pioneering artist.

For more information about George Caleb Bingham, read his bio here.