Born: Baltimore, Maryland 1871
Died: Stamford, Connecticut 1910
Western realistic painter
He was brought up in Philadelphia, the pupil of his father, Charles D Sauerwein, who studied in Europe and was living in Baltimore in 1871. Sauerwein studied at Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts, then Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sauerwein moved to Denver about 1891 because of tuberculosis. In 1893 he began to sketch Indians in the Rockies. He was in Colorado Springs in 1893, traveling with Charles Craig to the Ute Reservation. After a European trip he visited Taos in 1899, Santa Cruz and Santa Fe in 1900, Taos in 1902 and 1903. He apparently lived in California in 1905, then from 1906 to 1908 resided in Taos where he bought a house. Too ill to paint, he went to Connecticut to attempt a cure. Sauerwein was an important painter in the West of his time, a most competent, straightforward, and naturalistic recorder of the landscape and of Indian life.
Resource: SAMUELS’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing