Frank P. Sauerwein

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Frank P. Sauerwein


Pueblo Pottery and Landscape 

- Watercolor, ink & 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 work shows a fine example of an Acoma Pueblo olla with parrot and rainbow design in the foreground. The background appears to be Laguna. Sauerwein’s initials F. P. S. and date 02 are among the pebbles in front of the leftmost two pots. The condition is very fine with no apparent fading to colors. 

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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