Portrait of Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt - Painting Reproductions Gallery 4 of 10

1830-1902

German (Active in America) Hudson River School Painter

Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 - February 18, 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his large, detailed landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.
Bierstadt was part of the Hudson River School, not an institution but rather an informal group of like-minded painters. The Hudson River School style involved carefully detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes called luminism.
Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1833. He studied painting with the members of the Düsseldorf School in Düsseldorf, Germany from 1853 to 1857. He taught drawing and painting briefly before devoting himself to painting.
Bierstadt began making paintings in New England and upstate New York. In 1859, he traveled westward in the company of a land surveyor the U.S. government, returning with sketches that would result in numerous finished paintings. In 1863 he returned West again, in the company of the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow, whose wife he would later marry. He continued to visit the American West throughout his career.
He became the central figure of the Rocky Mountain School of American painting.
Though his paintings sold for princely sums, Bierstadt was not held in particularly high esteem by critics of his day. His use of uncommonly large canvases was thought to be an egotistical indulgence, as his paintings would invariably dwarf those of his contemporaries when they were displayed together. The romanticism evident in his choices of subject and in his use of light was felt to be excessive by contemporary critics, a charge that continues to be leveled by many of today's art historians. His paintings emphasized atmospheric elements like fog, clouds and mist to accentuate and complement the feel of his work.
Nonetheless, his paintings remain popular. He was a prolific artist, having completed over 400 paintings during his lifetime, most of which have survived. Many are scattered through museums around the United States. Prints are available commercially for many. Original paintings themselves do occasionally come up for sale.

235 Paintings of Bierstadt

Sierra Nevada Mountains, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Sierra Nevada Mountains undated

Oil Painting
$1714
Canvas Print
$49.54
SKU: BAL-5033
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Yosemite Valley, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Yosemite Valley undated

Oil Painting
$1969
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BAL-5034
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Buffalo on the Plains, c.1890 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Buffalo on the Plains c.1890

Oil Painting
$2071
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BAL-5035
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 66 x 95.5 cm
Private Collection

Passing Storm in Yosemite, 1865 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Passing Storm in Yosemite 1865

Oil Painting
$2218
SKU: BAL-5036
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Half Dome, Yosemite, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Half Dome, Yosemite undated

Oil Painting
$2002
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BAL-5037
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 55.6 x 77.2 cm
Private Collection

The Sacramento River Valley, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

The Sacramento River Valley undated

Oil Painting
$2154
SKU: BAL-5038
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Shore of the Turquoise Sea, 1878 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

The Shore of the Turquoise Sea 1878

Oil Painting
$2071
SKU: BAL-5039
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Manoogian Collection, Washington, USA

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite, c.1871/73 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite c.1871/73

Oil Painting
$2572
Canvas Print
$49.17
SKU: BAL-5040
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 91.5 x 66.3 cm
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA

Sunset Over A Mountain Lake, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Sunset Over A Mountain Lake undated

Oil Painting
$798
SKU: BAL-5041
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Sailboats on the Hudson at Irvington, c.1886/89 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Sailboats on the Hudson at Irvington c.1886/89

Oil Painting
$1064
SKU: BAL-5042
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Lower Yellowstone Falls, 1881 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Lower Yellowstone Falls 1881

Oil Painting
$1392
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BAL-5043
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 49 x 34 cm
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, USA

A View from Sacramento, c.1875 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

A View from Sacramento c.1875

Oil Painting
$1250
SKU: BAL-5044
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Deer in a Clearing, Yosemite, c.1873/74 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Deer in a Clearing, Yosemite c.1873/74

Oil Painting
$1690
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BAL-5045
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 50.8 x 69.8 cm
Private Collection

Liberty Cam, Yosemite, 1873 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Liberty Cam, Yosemite 1873

Oil Painting
$1273
SKU: BAL-5046
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Cathedral Rocks, A Yosemite View, c.1872 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Cathedral Rocks, A Yosemite View c.1872

Oil Painting
$1418
SKU: BAL-5047
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Fishing Fleet, 1862 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

The Fishing Fleet 1862

Oil Painting
$1323
SKU: BAL-5048
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Harbor Scene, c.1860/69 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Harbor Scene c.1860/69

Oil Painting
$2128
SKU: BAL-5049
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

A River Estuary, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

A River Estuary undated

Oil Painting
$769
SKU: BAL-5050
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 31 x 47 cm
Private Collection

Canadian Rockies, Asulkan Glacier, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Canadian Rockies, Asulkan Glacier undated

Oil Painting
$1886
SKU: BAL-5051
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Evening, Owens Lake, California, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Evening, Owens Lake, California undated

Oil Painting
$1190
SKU: BAL-5052
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Falls of Niagara from Below, undated by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Falls of Niagara from Below undated

Oil Painting
$2002
SKU: BAL-5053
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Cathedral Rock, Yosemite Valley, California, 1872 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

Cathedral Rock, Yosemite Valley, California 1872

Oil Painting
$1969
SKU: BAL-5054
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Wetterhorn, Mch 15th, by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

The Wetterhorn Mch 15th,

Oil Painting
$2654
SKU: BAL-5055
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Falls of St. Anthony, c.1880/87 by Bierstadt | Painting Reproduction

The Falls of St. Anthony c.1880/87

Oil Painting
$2621
Canvas Print
$44.95
SKU: BAL-5708
Albert Bierstadt
Original Size: 96.8 x 153.7 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

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