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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
 
 
 

 
 
 
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