Sunset in the Yosemite Valley (1868) by Albert Bierstadt

Sunset in the Yosemite Valley - Albert Bierstadt - 1869

Artwork Information

TitleSunset in the Yosemite Valley
ArtistAlbert Bierstadt
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions90 x 131 cm (35 1/2 x 51 1/2 in)
Art MovementLuminism
Current LocationThe Haggin Museum, Stockton, California
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About Sunset in the Yosemite Valley

Sunset In The Yosemite Valley, painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1868, is considered one of his best works. This painting features a stunning sunset that breaks through the granite walls of Yosemite Valley. It was created in Bierstadt’s New York studio, based on sketches and photographs he made during his 1859 survey expedition to the Rocky Mountains. This painting helped to establish Bierstadt as a leading American landscape painter.

Bierstadt’s style, characterized by large canvases that captured the grandeur of the American West, received mixed reviews from critics. Some, like Mark Twain, felt that his paintings were too garish and sensationalized. However, many art enthusiasts appreciated the way Bierstadt captured the natural beauty of the American landscape. His use of light and color in Sunset In The Yosemite Valley perfectly captures the majesty of nature.

Bierstadt was born in Germany but spent most of his life in the United States. He frequently joined expeditions to the American West to gather inspiration for his paintings. His works were hugely popular during his lifetime and continue to be admired for their breathtaking depictions of the natural world. Sunset In The Yosemite Valley is a stunning example of Bierstadt’s ability to capture the beauty of the American landscape.

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