Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938) is a celebrated American regionalist artist, painting over 2500 works of art throughout his life. Building from a traditional Barbizon and Tonalist landscape background, Alten began as a naturalistic scene painter and later transitioned into painting in an impressionistic style.
Grand Valley State University holds the largest public collection of Mathias Alten in the world, consisting of more than 70 paintings as well as his family’s archive collection of family photos and letters. Private collectors George and Barbara Gordon determined that their Alten paintings should be on permanent public display made the lead gift to Grand Valley State University in 1999 and continue to build on that gift annually.
Located in the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, Richard M. DeVos Center, Building E, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Free and open to the public.
Art Gallery, 616-331-2563