Robert Gilder (1856-1940)
Gilder began studying art in New York with August Will and after arriving
in Omaha in 1887 he became a student of J. Laurie Wallace. Gilder's early
career was as a journeyman printer for several Omaha newspapers but after
his retirement in 1919 he devoted his full attention to his avocations of
painting and archaeology. In 1906 he discovered "Loess Man", considered
at the time to be the earliest remains of the inhabitants of America. He
later served as chief archaeologist of the University of Nebraska Museum
for 12 years. He made many trips to the Southwest both for archaeological
work and for inspiration for his paintings. However, his beloved Nebraska
was always his primary source of subject matter. In 1916, Gilder built a
studio-home called "Wake Robin" in a wooded spot in Bellevue.
He used this as a primary residence until his death and the house appears
in many of Gilder's paintings as well as those of his friend, Augustus Dunbier.