Albert Bierstadt  
Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt
Albert Bierstadt, (born Jan. 7, 1830, near Düsseldorf, Westphalia [Germany]—died Feb. 19, 1902, New York), American artist who painted landscapes and whose tremendous popularity was based on his panoramic scenes of the American West.

Among the last generation of painters associated with the Hudson River school, Bierstadt, like Frederick Church and Thomas Moran, covered vast distances in search of more exotic subject matter. His reputation was made by the huge canvases that resulted from his several trips to the Far West—e.g., The Rocky Mountains (1863; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City) and Mount Corcoran (c. 1875–77; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.). Executed in his studio in New York, the large works do not have the freshness and spontaneity of the small on-the-spot paintings from which they were produced. They are, however, immense in scale and grandiose in effect.

Bierstadt freely altered details of landscape to create the effect of awe and grandeur. His colours were applied more according to a formula than from observation: luscious, green vegetation, ice-blue water, and pale, atmospheric blue-green mountains. The progression from foreground to background was often a dramatic one without the softness and subtlety of a middle distance.

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Rocky Mountain Landscape, in the White House.

Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California (1868), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

Roman Fish Market. Arch of Octavius

Guerilla Warfare, Civil War by Albert Bierstadt, 1862

Staubbach Falls, Near Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, 1865

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Park, c. 1868, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

Storm in the Mountains, c. 1870

Mount Corcoran, c. 1876–77, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Gosnold at Cuttyhunk (c. 1858), New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

The Marina Piccdola, Capri (1859), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Indians Spear Fishing, 1862

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak (1863), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Looking Down Yosemite Valley (1865), Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

Lake Tahoe (1868), Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sierra Nevada (c. 1871–1873), Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Rosalie (1866), Brooklyn Museum, New York

California Spring, 1875

Bierstadt Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park


After the Shower

The Ambush

Among the Bernese Alps

Autumn in America, Oneida County, New York

Boats Ashore at Sunset

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite

The Buffalo Trail

The Campfire

Campfire Site, Yosemite

Deer in a Mountain Home