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.
Carl RungiusBiography of the Artist
(1869 - 1959)
8 x 11 inches
Signed lower right, C. Rungius
(1869 - 1959)
Carl Rungius was born in Berlin, Germany and was educated at the gymnasium Burg bef Magdeburg und Glessen. He studied art at the Berlin Art School, the School of Applied Arts, and at the Academy of Fine Arts as the pupil of Paul Meyerheim. He began his art career in Germany, painting in Berlin until the age of twenty-five when he emigrated to the United Sates. After arriving in America, he established his first studio in New York City and built a summer home and studio in Banff, Alberta. He made his first real sketching trip to Wyoming and Yellowstone Park in 1895. This trip made a real mark on him and he began to travel extensively after that time. Rungius traveled from Arizona to Alaska, hunting, sketching and painting, making his specialty Western big game animals. Some favorites were moose, caribou, and bear, as well as mountain sheep, goats, elk, deer and antelope. He also painted the cowboys he met along the way but left the Indians and Pueblos to other artists of the West. His lifelong patron and friend, William Hornaday discovered him at Knoedler’s Art Gallery in New York. Hornaday was an early member of the Boone and Crockett Club, chief taxidermist at the National Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Camp Fire Club. He was largely involved in conservation and stressed natural habitats for animals rather than cages. This was important in the development of Rungius’s maturation as an artist. His work today is a valuable record of the animals and their environment at that particular place and time. He painted directly from nature and captured the very essence of his subject matter. The Glenbow Foundation in Calgary, Alberta maintains his Rockies' studio as a museum and as a tribute to the work of this fine artist. The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming serves as the greatest depository outside of Canada of his works.