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    Jan 7, 1830 - Feb 18, 1902
  • Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California - Albert Bierstadt was a German-American painter best known for his lavish, sweeping landscapes of the American West. To paint the scenes, 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.
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  • 1868
    Oil on canvas
    183 cm (72.05 in.) x 305 cm (120.08 in.)
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, United States.

    The painting, with all of its romanticism, is typical of Bierstadt, who so often performed to his audience with an exaggerated, yet idealized view of Western America. Lush waterfalls flow into a small lake, barely displaying any movement from the current; allowing for the reflection of the surrounding scenery upon it. The lighting is almost certainly the essential element that provokes the feeling of peacefulness, which is generally conjured from this painting. Sun rays bursting through an intensely clouded sky illuminate the visionary perfection of the mountains and lake.

    ‘Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California', complete with its lustrous foliage and epic skyline amidst a majestic mountain range, was one of many of his works that helped to strengthen the idea that America was the "Promised Land", during the time when many hopeful Europeans were immigrating to the country in search of a better life.

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Other paintings by Albert Bierstadt:

A Storm in the Rocky Mountains
A Storm in the Rocky Mountains
Indian Encampment - Evening
Indian Encampment - Evening
Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California
Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California
Yosemite Valley (Looking Down the Yosemite Valley)
Yosemite Valley (Looking Down the Yosemite Valley)
Albert BierstadtAlbert Bierstadt was one finest artist to portray the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The paintings by Albert Bierstadt were often oversized, highly colorful and portrayed the immense distances and scale of the American West. His use of vivid colors and inspiring scenery have made Albert Bierstadt one of the most popular artists of the American West and made him the most popular artist of the 1870's.

Albert Bierstadt was born near Dusseldorf in 1830. His family moved to Massachusetts two years later. Despite prodding from his family to not become an artist, Albert Bierstadt persisted and produced his first oil painting at the age of 21.

In 1853, Albert Bierstadt returned to Dusseldorf in Germany for three years, where he studied art intensely. Traveling widely over Europe, Albert Bierstadt produced sketches and drawings of the Alps. By the time he returned to the United States in 1857, Albert Bierstadt had gained a tremendous amount of experience in landscape paintings, sketches and drawings.

He made his first trip west in 1859, accompanying a government expedition led by Frederic Lander. The purpose of the expedition, which was to travel all the way to California, was to improve the mountain passes of the trails. The expedition followed the Oregon Trail, providing Albert Bierstadt with first hand knowledge of the events that played out along this historic and scenic trail. He met many emigrants returning east who were unable to find their riches in the Colorado gold strikes, and met others who joined their party on their trek west. His observations of the overland migration became some of the most fruitful sources of ideas for future artwork by Albert Bierstadt.

As the expedition reached the mountains, Albert Bierstadt became much taken in with their beauty. He was also intrigued by the Indians, and unlike most other Americans during that time period, did not consider them ruthless savages. Despite his upbringing in the east, he found he also enjoyed camp life. The wide variety of wildlife he encountered, along with the beautiful scenery and historic events that were unfolding, would be of invaluable importance for his future paintings.

Following this trip, Albert Bierstadt returned east and began to produce some of his most spectacular paintings. Believing that the beauty of the Rocky Mountains could not be captured on a small oil paint, he paintings were produced on large, often over-sized, canvasses. His beautiful and famous print, The Rocky Mountains, was on a canvas measuring over sixty square feet.

The paintings by Albert Bierstadt became very popular with the American public. Their large size, their beautiful use of colors as well as attention to details in the foreground all combined to make the paintings by Albert Bierstadt highly prized.

In 1863, Albert Bierstadt once again ventured westward, this time beyond the Sierra Nevada. Later in the 1860's, Albert Bierstadt returned to Colorado and spent several years painting the beautiful mountains and landscapes that are found there. In fact, he became so well liked in Colorado and his prints so well known that they named a mountain after him - Mount Bierstadt - which stands along the Front Range near Mount Evans. A beautiful alpine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park was also named after him.

The 1870's saw the height of popularity for Albert Bierstadt. His works were highly sought after and graced many a wall in museums in both the United States and around the world. He also created two historical paintings for the US Capitol Building.

The popularity of Albert Bierstadt among the art crowd began to wane in the 1890's, although his prints will still highly prized. Albert Bierstadt died in 1902.