Thomas Nygard Gallery - 19th and 20th Century American Art




Working from his home and studio in Jackson, Wyoming, Conrad Schwiering painted mountain landscapes that show the changing seasons.  He is known for his views of the Teton Mountains.


Conrad Schwiering was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1916.  He started drawing horses at seven but his college years were spent studying business at the University of Wyoming at his father’s suggestion.  During the summers he took art classes in Denver, Laramie and Taos.  When he graduated he moved to New York City to attend the Art Students League and paint full time.


In 1941 he moved back to Laramie, served in World War II, and then moved to Jackson, Wyoming in 1947 to paint the mountains. “We sold two paintings that year,” Schwiering recalls, “one for $35 and another for $40.  Beans were scarce.  It took us thirteen years to acquire land and build our home and my studio.”


Schwiering asserts, “Many people have called me an Impressionist painter.  If Impressionism is the study of sunlight then I am an Impressionist.  But rather than an Impressionist, I consider myself a mood painter.  Painting is not an intellectual matter.  Now, the technical knowledge has to be there, but art is a gut process, and there is no substitute for sweat.”


(1916 - 1986)

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