John (Jan) Zwara

male 1880-1951
20th Century
Life city:
Indianapolis, IN
Work city:
Indianapolis, IN
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A native of Hungary/The Czech Republic, John (or Jan) Zwara came to the U.S. at the age of 24. Initially he was based out of Omaha and painted throughout the Western U.S. Zwara held many construction jobs as a laborer and never really perfected English as a second language. He appeared in Indianapolis and Brown County around 1933. Zwara was known as a prolific painter and he produced many pieces for two Indianapolis art dealers: H. Lieber and Lyman Brothers. He was notorious for 'wandering unaccountably', painting all the while. In fact, he gave hardly a nod to politeness when people tried to engage him -- rather, he just kept painting. Zwara was thought to have been mentally ill and he was institutionalized at Central State mental hospital in Indianapolis for six months (at which point he wandered off and never returned). Zwara's admission and seeking of treatment was at the prompting of Alex Vonnegut (Kurt's uncle) who was a patron of the arts and artists. Vonnegut was once asked why he put up with Zwara's inconsistent behavior and his legendary response went something like 'because he paints so well!' We're very interested in purchasing pieces by John Zwara. Please contact us if you have artwork you are considering selling.

First Snow White River Landscape White River Landscape Central State Hospital Snow Covered Indianapolis Road Brown County Cabin White River landscape Twilight in Brown County White River Landscape Thirtieth Street Bridge, Indianapolis Floral Still Life Sierra Nevada Mountains Alpine Lake Brown County Landscape Western Landscape with River Snowy Creek White River White River Landscape White River Brown County Panorama White River Bridge McCormick's Creek Falls Returning from the Catch Seascape Peonies River's Edge Bison in the Big Horns White River Summer Landscape White River Meridian Street Bridge Alpine Landscape #1 Alpine Landscape #2 Broad Ripple Park Central State Hospital Brown County Cabin Shepard's Farm Moonlit Campsite Peonies Floral Still Life Brown County Farmstead Yosemite Floral Still Life Indiana Winter Landscape  Indiana Summer Landscape Winter, White River White River Summer Landscape Along White River Winter, White River Lilacs Brown County Hills White River White River Brown County Landscape With Cabin Back of Half Dome, Yosemite View Along the Missouri River, Omaha View from Cemetery at Council Bluffs, Iowa Late Autumn Landscape Along the Missouri (Near Bellvue, NE) Nebraska Sunset Summer Mountains Early Autumn California Mountainside Brown County Winter Landscape Indiana Glow

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