Albert,painter, born in Dusseldorf, Germany, 7 January, 1830.
He was brought by his parents in 1831 to New Bedford, Massachusetts., where he
early developed a taste for art and made clever crayon sketches in his youth. In
1851 he began to paint in oils, and in 1853 went to Dusseldorf and studied four
years in the academy there and in Rome, making sketching tours during the
summers in Germany and Switzerland. Returning to the United States in 1857, he
made an extended tour in the west, especially in Colorado and California,
obtaining from this and other visits material for many of his more important
pictures. He again visited Europe in 1867, in 1878, and in 1833. Mr. Bierstadt
has received many honors. He was elected a member of the national academy in
1860, and has been awarded medals in Austria, Bavaria, Belgium, and Germany. In
1867 he was decorated with the cross of the legion of honor, and in 1869 with
that of St. Stanislaus, of which he received also the second class in 1872.
1882 his studio at Irvington, New York, was destroyed by fire, with many
valuable pictures. Among his last-known works are: "Laramie Peak"
(1861), now in the Buffalo academy of fine arts ; "Lander's Peak in the
Rocky Mountains" (1863), bought by James McHenry, of London, for $25,000;
"North Fork of the Platte" (1864); "Looking down the
Yosemite" (1865) ; "E1 Capitan on Merced River" (1866);
"Storm on Mt. Rosalie" (1866); "Valley of the Yosemite"
(1866), in the Lenox library;" Settlement of California" and
"Discovery of Hudson River," both in the Capitol at Washington; "
Emerald Pool on Mr. Whitney" (1870) ; "In the Rocky Mountains"
(1871) ; "Great Trees of California" (1874) ; "Valley of Kern
River, California" (1875); "Mr. Whir-hey, Sierra Nevada" (1877) ;
"Estes Park, Colorado," "Mountain Lake," and "Mount
Corcoran, in Sierra Nevada" (1878), Corcoran gallery, Washington ;
"Geysers" (1883) ; "Storm on the Matterhorn," and "View
on Kern River" (1884);" Valley of Zermatt, Switzerland" (1885) ;
"On the Saco, New Hampshire," "California Oaks" (1886).
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... Bierstadt, Albert (1830 - 1902), American artist of German heritage. He came
the United States with his family in 1832, but he studied in Germany in 1853 ...
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