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Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt Albert Bierstadt (January 8,1930 - February 18, 1902) was celebrated for his great landscapes of Western America. In capturing the subject matter for his works, the German-American painter accompanied three journeys of the Westward Expansion. Although Bierstadt was not the originator of documenting these beautiful sites, he was however the supreme painter of this scenery for the rest of the 19th century.

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Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen Germany. In 1833, Bierstadt`s family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts. From 1853 to 1857 along with members of the Dusseldorf School in Dusseldorf, Germany, Bierstadt studied painting. Before devoting himself completely to painting, Bierstadt taught drawing and painting for sometime. He started to create paintings in Upstate New York and New England. Accompanying a U.S. government land surveyor, Bierstadt traveled West in 1859 and produced many sketches that he would eventually turn into completed paintings after returning home. He headed to the West again in 1863 with author Fitz Hugh Ludlow - he would later be married to Ludlow`s wife. Throughout Bierstadt`s entire career, he would continuously visit the American West.
Although Bierstadt`s work sold for large sums, he was not regarded favorably by the critics of his time. He would use massive canvases that dwarfed those of other artists when displayed along side one another. This was seen as some kind of ego trip. The Romanticism that is clearly evident in his selection of subject and the use of light in his work was considered by contemporary critics to be overdone. Bierstadt commonly intensified clouds, fog, and mist to enhance the feel of his work and to stimulate awe in the viewer. His paintings were visions of what he believed to be how things should be. Being so, his colors were not always true to life and the transition from foreground to background was striking - with practically no middle distance.
To this day, his work remains celebrated. He completed well over five hundred paintings during his lifetime - quite possibly as many as four thousand. Most of these paintings have survived and are widespread throughout museums in the USA. Prints are attainable commercially and originals periodically pop up for sale with prices constantly growing.

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  » Jan 19, 2019  


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