Bierstadt, Albert


Bierstadt, Albert

Albert Bierstadt was born in 1830 in the town of Solingen, near Dusseldorf in Germany. His family emigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old and he grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1853, Bierstadt returned to Dusseldorf and studied under the landscape painters Andreas Aschenbach and Karl Friedman Lessing. Bierstadt developed his attention for detail and the atmospheric perspective for which he is so well known for at Dussoldorf School.

For four years while studying he traveled through Germany, Switzerland and Italy and produced many beautiful paintings of picturesque Old World scenes. He returned to the United States in 1857. As he traveled and painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire he began to use the camera as a way to document his subject matter. In 1858, Bierstadt joined a survey expedition to the American West. During this trip he discovered the subject matter that he is so well known for, spectacular Western scenery, Indians, and wildlife. After this journey, he set to work and produced the grand paintings of the American West, stunning vistas of mountainscapes and waterfalls. Another trip to the west in 1863 was made, The photographs and drawings he brought back at this time brought him to the peak of his career.
Rainbow Over Sierra Nevada

Rainbow Over Sierra Nevada by Albert Bierstadt - Issued in 1989 by Somerset House Publishing Print Numbers 1833/2000 and 1424/2000 - Paper size 27 3/4 x 21 3/4

Price: $200.00

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