Frank P. Sauerwein

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Frank Sauerwein_Squaw on blanket_SOLD.jpg

Frank P. Sauerwein


Squaw and Papoose #2

- Watercolor & gouache on paper 
- Paper: 10 high x 12 wide
- Unframed
- Signed lower left, dated 1902

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About the work

The painting was executed in 1902, the same year that Sauerwein created his illustrations for U. S. Hollister’s book “The Navajo and His Blanket.” 

The female subject on the blanket appears to be wearing a Navajo concha belt, likely second phase. The colors are vivid and show no signs of fading. There are minor surface mars on the right side of the blanket, but difficult to see without close inspection. 

About the artist…

During his relatively short life of thirty-nine years, Frank Paul Sauerwein (1871-1910) became a specialist of western scene painting, including Southwest Indians in their landscape. Had he not died in 1910, he may have become the seventh founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. 

Sauerwein grew to love Arizona, staying at El Tovar Hotel at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and in 1900 on the Navajo Reservation. He was a close friend of Lorenzo Hubbell, well-known trading post operator at Ganado, Arizona. Sauerwein also spent a considerable amount of time at Keams Canyon in northeast Arizona, where he sketched Navajo and Hopi Indians.

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