ALBERT BIERSTADT
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 - February 18, 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the
American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though
not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.
Bierstadt was part of the Hudson River School, not an institution but rather an informal group of like-minded painters. The Hudson
River School style involved carefully detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes called luminism.


Biography
Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1833.. He studied painting with the
members of the Düsseldorf School in Düsseldorf, Germany from 1853 to 1857.
Bierstadt began making paintings in New England and upstate New York. In 1859, he traveled westward in the company of a Land
Surveyor for the U.S. government, returning with sketches that would result in numerous finished paintings. In 1863 he returned West
again, the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow. He continued to visit the American West throughout his career.
Though his paintings sold for princely sums, Bierstadt was not held in particularly high esteem by critics of his day. His use of
uncommonly large canvases was thought to be an egotistical indulgence, as his paintings would invariably dwarf those of his
contemporaries when they were displayed together. The romanticism evident in his choices of subject and in his use of light was felt to
be excessive by contemporary critics. His paintings emphasized atmospheric elements like fog, clouds and mist to accentuate and
complement the feel of his work. Bierstadt sometimes changed details of the landscape to inspire awe. The colors he used are also
not always true. He painted what he believed is the way things should be: water is ultramarine, vegetation is lush and green, etc. The
shift from foreground to background was very dramatic and there was almost no middle distance.
Nonetheless, his paintings remain popular. He was a prolific artist, having completed over 500 (possibly as many as 4000) paintings
during his lifetime, most of which have survived. Many are scattered through museums around the United States. Original paintings
themselves do occasionally come up for sale, at ever increasing prices.
TITLED:
"LAKE LUCERNE" 1858
PRICE:  $125.00
TITLED:
"MOUNT CORCORAN"
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TITLED:
"SIERRA NEVADA MORNING"
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"MIRROR LAKE YOSEMITE VALLEY"
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FRAME MEASURES 12 1/2" SQUARE, INSIDE MEASURES 8X10"
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"IN THE MOUNTAINS" 1867
PRICE:  $125.00
TITLED:
"SIERRA NEVADA IN CALIFORNIA"
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