Albert Bierstadt Biography and Artwork

Albert Bierstadt was a landscape painter best known for his depictions of the American West. Born in Germany, he moved to Massachusetts with his family as a child. Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion, where he sketched and painted landscapes. He became part of the Hudson River School and Rocky Mountain School, both movements centered around romanticizing natural beauty in paintings.

Bierstadt’s paintings feature luminism art style with infusing light making it radiate a warm glow that highlights idyllic scenery. His success as an artist led him to have a studio on the Hudson River during his peak career years. He was also among the first painters to utilize photographs taken by others as references for large-scale works.

In 1857, he sold “The Portico at Horti Sallustiani” painting to Boston Athenaeum which signified prosperity in his career despite critics questioning the absence of human subjects from many of his pieces. Albert Bierstadt’s love for nature is apparent in much of his work and serves as inspiration for other artists looking to capture natural beauty on canvas.

All Albert Bierstadt Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
The Grand Tetons, Wyoming oil,paper
Nevada Falls, Yosemite 1872 oil,canvas
The Great Trees, Mariposa Grove, California 1876 Oil On Canvas
Seal Rock c. 1872 Oil On Canvas
Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California 1868 Oil on Canvas
Emigrants Crossing the Plains 1867 Oil on Canvas
Looking Up the Yosemite Valley 1865 Oil on Canvas
Sunset in the Yosemite Valley 1869 Oil on Canvas
The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak 1863 Oil on Canvas
A Storm in the Rocky Mountains - Mount Rosalie 1869 Oil on Canvas
Sunrise, Yosemite Valley c.1865 Oil on Canvas
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