Albert Bierstadt
German-born American Hudson River School Painter, 1830-1902 Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1833. He studied painting with the members of the D??sseldorf School in D??sseldorf, Germany from 1853 to 1857. He taught drawing and painting briefly before devoting himself to painting. 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, in the company of the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow, whose wife he would later marry. 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. Prints are available commercially for many. Original paintings themselves do occasionally come up for sale, at ever increasing prices.

 

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Albert Bierstadt Wreck of the Ancon in Loring Bay, Alaska oil painting   

Painting ID::  2457
Albert Bierstadt
Wreck of the Ancon in Loring Bay, Alaska
1889 14.02 x 19.76 ins / 35.6 x 50.2 cmMuseum of Fine Arts. Boston

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie oil painting   

Painting ID::  2458
Albert Bierstadt
Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie
1866 The Brooklyn Museum

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Niagara oil painting   

Painting ID::  2459
Albert Bierstadt
Niagara
1869 19.02 x 27.01 ins / 48.3 x 68.6 cm Private collection

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt The Domes of the Yosemites oil painting   

Painting ID::  2460
Albert Bierstadt
The Domes of the Yosemites
1867 115.98 x 180.00 in / 294.6 x 457.2 cm St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Vermont, USA

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt The Sierras near Lake Tahoe, California oil painting   

Painting ID::  2461
Albert Bierstadt
The Sierras near Lake Tahoe, California
1865 15.51 x 20.98 in / 39.4 x 53.3 cm Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, USA

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Sunset in the Yosemite Valley oil painting   

Painting ID::  2462
Albert Bierstadt
Sunset in the Yosemite Valley
1868 The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie oil painting   

Painting ID::  2463
Albert Bierstadt
Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie
1869 82.99 x 142.24 in / 210.8 x 361.3 cm The Brooklyn Museum, USA

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Seal Rock oil painting   

Painting ID::  2464
Albert Bierstadt
Seal Rock
1872 30.00 x 44.02 in / 76.2 x 111.8 cm New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, USA

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Butterfly oil painting   

Painting ID::  2465
Albert Bierstadt
Butterfly
1900 Watercolour with gouache 5.00 x 7.99 inches / 12.7 x 20.3 cm Private collection

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt The Shore of the Turquoise Sea oil painting   

Painting ID::  2466
Albert Bierstadt
The Shore of the Turquoise Sea
1878 42.52 x 64.49 in / 108 x 163.8 cm Manoogian Collection

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt The Oregon Trail oil painting   

Painting ID::  2467
Albert Bierstadt
The Oregon Trail
1869 30.98 x 49.49 ins / 78.7 x 125.7 cm The Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown,Ohio

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Passing Storm over the Sierra Nevada oil painting   

Painting ID::  2468
Albert Bierstadt
Passing Storm over the Sierra Nevada
1870 35.98 x 54.49 ins / 91.4 x 138.4 cm The San Antonio Museum Association

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Yosemite Valley oil painting   

Painting ID::  2469
Albert Bierstadt
Yosemite Valley
1866 37.99 x 60.00 in / 96.5 x 152.4 cm Collection of Joann and Julian Ganz, jr.

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Mount Corcoran oil painting   

Painting ID::  2470
Albert Bierstadt
Mount Corcoran

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt The Rocky Mountains oil painting   

Painting ID::  2471
Albert Bierstadt
The Rocky Mountains

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Lake in the Yosemite Valley oil painting   

Painting ID::  2472
Albert Bierstadt
Lake in the Yosemite Valley

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Estes Park oil painting   

Painting ID::  2473
Albert Bierstadt
Estes Park

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Grandeur of the Rockies oil painting   

Painting ID::  2474
Albert Bierstadt
Grandeur of the Rockies

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Sierra Nevadas oil painting   

Painting ID::  2475
Albert Bierstadt
Sierra Nevadas

   
   
     

 

 

Albert Bierstadt Mount Adams, Washington oil painting   

Painting ID::  2476
Albert Bierstadt
Mount Adams, Washington

   
   
     

 

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Albert Bierstadt
German-born American Hudson River School Painter, 1830-1902 Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1833. He studied painting with the members of the D??sseldorf School in D??sseldorf, Germany from 1853 to 1857. He taught drawing and painting briefly before devoting himself to painting. 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, in the company of the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow, whose wife he would later marry. 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. Prints are available commercially for many. Original paintings themselves do occasionally come up for sale, at ever increasing prices.