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Albert Bierstadt

Born: 8-Jan-1830
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
Died: 18-Feb-1902
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Painter, Photographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Western landscape painter

American western landscape painter and photographer, was born in Solingen, Germany in 1830 and was taken to the United States when about a year old. In 1853-57 he studied painting at Düsseldorf and in Rome. His pictures of the western part of the United States, and particularly the Rocky Mountains, made him widely popular. Examples include "Estes Park, Colorado", "Sierra Nevada" (1878), and "The Valley of Yosemite." He received many German and Austrian decorations, and was a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. He rendered panoramic views with a certain ability, though his work was rather topographically correct and impressive than artistic in conception and execution. He was a member of the National Academy of Design of New York, and is represented by two historical paintings, "The Discovery of the Hudson River", and "The Settlement of California", in the American Capitol. Estimates of the number of canvases he completed range into the thousands. Early surviving stereographs and photographs taken by him or his assistants are quite rare. He died in New York City on the 18th of February 1902.

Father: Henry Bierstadt (cooper, d. 1866)
Mother: Christina (d. 1864)
Brother: Charles
Brother: Edward
Wife: Rosalie Osborne Ludlow (ex-wife of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, m. 1865, d. 1-Mar-1893)
Wife: Mary Hicks Stewart (m. 7-Mar-1894)

    National Academy of Design
    San Francisco Art Association 1871
    French Legion of Honor

Selected paintings:
The Base of the Rocky Mountains, Laramie Peak (1860)
Looking Down at Yosemite Valley (1865)
Domes of the Yosemite (1867)
The Last of the Buffalo (1888)


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