Collection: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

Medium
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Brooklyn Museum photograph.

A member of the Hudson River School of painting—a loosely associated group of romantic American landscape artists, whose sublime luminosity later prompted the term Luminism—German-born Albert Bierstadt produced hundreds of large-scale sweeping oil paintings of the American West over the course of his prolific career. Joining land surveyors and parties on journeys of Westward expansion, Bierstadt depicted numerous classic vistas, such as the Rocky Mountains, the Oregon Trail, Yosemite, and other virgin landscapes, as well as scenes of Native Americans and wild animals. Though his work was acclaimed and fetched considerable sums during his lifetime, Bierstadt also drew criticism from some contemporary reviewers for his excessive effects, including dramatic weather systems, saturated light, overbearing scale, and color that could verge on expressionistic. Bierstadt studied under the German romantic painter Karl Friedrich Lessing.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2016
American Visions: 1870–1940, Works from the Bank of America CollectionMontclair Art Museum
Permanent Collection Highlights | American ArtBrooklyn Museum
Wild West: Plains to the PacificLegion of Honor
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A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, 1866

Oil on canvas
83 × 142 1/4 in
210.8 × 361.3 cm
Location
Brooklyn
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Collection: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

Medium
Image rights
Brooklyn Museum photograph.

A member of the Hudson River School of painting—a loosely associated group of romantic American landscape artists, whose sublime luminosity later prompted the term Luminism—German-born Albert Bierstadt produced hundreds of large-scale sweeping oil paintings of the American West over the course of his prolific career. Joining land surveyors and parties on journeys of Westward expansion, Bierstadt depicted numerous classic vistas, such as the Rocky Mountains, the Oregon Trail, Yosemite, and other virgin landscapes, as well as scenes of Native Americans and wild animals. Though his work was acclaimed and fetched considerable sums during his lifetime, Bierstadt also drew criticism from some contemporary reviewers for his excessive effects, including dramatic weather systems, saturated light, overbearing scale, and color that could verge on expressionistic. Bierstadt studied under the German romantic painter Karl Friedrich Lessing.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Permanent Collection Highlights | American Art
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