Since 1976, the Thomas Nygard Gallery collection has evolved to offer the finest quality art of the American West. We specialize in 19th and 20th Century American art with an emphasis on historical art of the Northern Plains. The Gallery also displays paintings of the Taos Society of Artists, Rocky Mountains, Hudson River and California Schools.
For over three decades the Thomas Nygard Gallery has worked with a broad array of clients, from the private collector to estates, corporations and institutions. The Gallery provides a full range of offerings including framing, conservation and restoration, appraisals, scholarship, curatorial management, packing and transport, photography, auction representation, acquisitions and sales.
Guests commonly find works by such noteworthy artists as Bierstadt, Borein, Farny, Moran, O'Keeffe, Remington, Russell and Sharp to name a few. Also featured is the finest collection of Sporting Art, the genre the gallery was originally founded on and still maintains today.
In 2000 the gallery relocated to a second level location in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman. The remodeled space occupies a structure erected in 1882 when the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in the Gallatin Valley. Visitors find the space elegantly adorned with oriental rugs, fine furniture and the original brick walls and pine floors. The gallery itself features a state-of-the-art lighting system. The location has provided extensive space and allowed us to offer a grater selection of works
Montana works to our client's advantage for several reasons. While we are no more removed from the art world than a gallery in New York City we are fortunate to be situated in an outdoor mecca where one can participate in activities such as fly-fishing the finest blue ribbon trout streams in the lower forty-eight states. For those interested in history and culture, a visit along the Lewis and Clark trail is quite enticing. Most importantly, when you visit the gallery you are assured the privacy and the anonymity you deserve.
Thomas Nygard served as President of FADA for two years and was a member of the Board of Directors for 13 years. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Charles M. Russell Museum and Board of Trustees of the Montana Historical Society and it's Executive Committee.
The Thomas Nygard Gallery is always interested in purchasing individual works of art as well as complete collections and estates. We respectfully offer you our assistance in the field of collecting. We encourage your inquiries and invite you to visit us.
Edward BoreinBiography of the Artist
(1872 - 1945)
Roping a Steer
5 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches
Signed lower left, Edward Borein
Private collection, Montana
(1872 - 1945)
Edward Borein was born in San Leandro, California. At the age of 17, he left school to work with a saddlemaker. He then worked for several years as a cowboy, constantly sketching and occasionally sending his drawings to magazines for illustration. He spent a month in 1891 at the San Francisco Art Association, where he met Maynard Dixon, who would gain notice as an important painter of the desert country. Leaving art school, Borein hired on as a cowboy at the Jesus Maria Rancho in Santa Barbara and then at a ranch in Malibu. The owner, who admired the young man's sketches, staked him to an extended sketching tour of Mexico. When he returned, Borein joined the San Francisco Call as a staff artist, earning eight dollars a week - even less than cowboy pay. With Dixon, Borein toured the Sierras, Carson City and parts of Oregon and Idaho in 1901, returning to Mexico two years later. It was during this trip that he began making watercolors. In 1904, he settled in Oakland where he painted and produced some sculpture. After many years of marginal work, he became a very successful illustrator for the great magazines of the day: Harper's, Collier's, Sunset, Century, and Western World. He became one of the most popular artists in America, gaining national fame and associating with the likes of Russell, James Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Will James, Olaf Seltzer, Carl Oscar Borg, and such western celebrities as Will Rogers and Leo Carillo. In 1891, Borein started etching. He produced a large number of etchings that were very popular and sold well. At the suggestion of Russell, Borein went to Canada in 1912, where he worked for two years. In 1921, Borein married and settled in Santa Barbara where he lived for the rest of his life. He continued his etching and illustrating. He was called the "cowpuncher artist" and throughout his life he lived the part, always wearing the colorful outfit of the cowboy. He died in Santa Barbara on May 19, 1945, at the age of 72.