Biography from Butler Institute of American Art
Robert Kaufmann was born November 9, 1913 in Toldeo, Ohio, and died by accident at the age of forty-five in Key West, Florida on April 18, 1959. He lived and taught in New York City where he founded the Forum Gallery to exhibit the work of university and college students.
He had five one-man shows at the I.F.A. Galleries, Washington, D.C., 1952, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959. His work was represented in the Duncan Phillips Collection and the Guggenheim Museum as well as privately. Since his death he has been honored by the formation of a committee including Milton Avery, Eliot Elisofon, Peppino Mangravite and Theodoros Stamos, upon whose recommendation more than seventy-five leading museums have made choices for their permanent collections. Some of these are listed below :
Addison Gallery of American Art; The Akron Art Institute; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; The Cincinnati Art Museum; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; The Cooper Union Museum; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Des Moines Art Center; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Fogg Museum, Harvard University; Milwaukee Art Center; The Newark Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; The Art Gallery of Toronto; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Wadsworth Atheneum; Walker Art Center; Whitney Museum of American Art.
Other museums requesting Kaufmann paintings :
Addison Gallery of Art; Akron Art Institute; University of Alabama; Amherst College; Arizona State University; University of Arizona; University of Arkansas; Atkins Museum of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; University of British Columbia; Brooks Memorial Art Gallery; Butler Institute of American Art; California College of Arts and Crafts; University of California; University of Colorado; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Dartmouth College; Des Moines Art Center; Florida State University; Fort Worth Art Center; University of Georgia; John Herron Art Institute; Hotchkiss Schol; Joslyn Art Museum; University of Miami; Newark Museum; Ohio University; University of Oregon; Portland Art Museum; Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery; Saint Paul Gallery; Sioux City Art Center; The Art Gallery of Toronto; Vassar College; Walker Art Center; University of Wichita and many others.