Frank Paul Sauerwein was an American painter who is known for his landscape paintings of the American West and Southwest.
He started his career in Philadelphia, studying at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy. He finished his schooling at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Frank Paul Sauerwein was plagued with ill-health throughout his life. For that reason, he moved first to Denver where he took an interest in sketching the Western landscapes and the local Native Americans. By 1895, those two subjects constituted the majority of his works.
He travelled throughout the west over the next several years, briefly made a tour of Europe and then returned to the United States visiting Santa Fe and Taos in the early 1900's and eventually settling in California for a time.
He lived in Taos between 1906 and 1908. Tuberculosis put an end to his painting career and, motivated by the promise of finding a cure, he journeyed to Connecticut were he eventually died of the illness.
Sauerwein is known for his realistic paintings of the landscapes of the American West and for honest portrayals of Native American life during his period. He is highly regarded among Western painters.