Albert BIERSTADT (1830-1902)

Portrait of Albert Bierstadt. Napoleon Sarony

Napoleon Sarony. Portrait of Albert Bierstadt.

“The immense canvases he produced after his trips with Lander and Ludlow established him as the preeminent painter of the western American landscape.” “The Mountains are very fine as seen from the Plains. They resemble very much the” Bernese Alps”. They are of granite formation, the same as the Swiss mountains, their jagged summits covered with snow and mingling with the clouds; cottonwood trees and several species of the fir and pine line the river banks, the grouping of the rocks is charming; the Indians are as they were hundreds of years ago, and now is the time to paint them. The color of the mountains is like those of Italy; the rolling prairies are covered with wild sage and different shrubs, and the streams are lined with willows.” Albert Bierstadt’s correspondence (Rocky Mountains, July 10, 1858).

Read Albert Bierstadt‘s biography in California Art Research, volume 2. CARA_V02_BIERSTADT

At a glance

Birth: 1830, in Solingen, Germany
Death: 1902, in New Bedford, Massachusetts (United-States)
Arrival in San Francisco Bay area : 1859
Married to Rosalie Osborne Ludlow (1886-1893); Mrs. Mary Hicks Stewart (1894-1902)
Skills : painter Influence : Dusseldorf Art Academy, Hudson River School

Networks :

Teachers, art education: Dusseldorf Art Academy with Andreas Achenbach and Carl Friedrich Lessing
Relations : Charles Bierstadt, Edward Bierstadt, Sanford Gifford, Colonel Frederick W. Lander, Emmanuel Leutze, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Enoch Wood Perry, Louis Tuckerman, Worthington Whittredge, Virgil Williams
Patrons : C.P. Huntington, Pennsylvania Academy, Royal family of Germany, United States Capitol

Resources in the Bancroft Library


Bierstadt, Albert. Albert Bierstadt letter to Mr. Moran : ALS, 1867 December 26. Robert B. Honeyman Collection. Catalogue Record

Pictorial archives

Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material. BANC PIC 1963.002:0001-1886. Finding Aid


Albert Bierstadt (1998). Santa Fe, N.M. : Zaplin-Lambert Gallery. Catalog Record Anderson, Nancy K. (1990). Albert Bierstadt: art & enterprise. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the Brooklyn Museum. Catalog Record Anderson, Nancy K. (1986). Albert Bierstadt : Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall : May 3-June 15, 1986, Timken Art Gallery, San Diego : exhibition. San Diego : The Gallery. Catalog Record Blaugrund, Annette (2013). Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England. Catskill, New York : Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Catalog Record Hendricks, Gordon (1964). The First Three Western Journeys of Albert Bierstadt. College Art Association of America. Online (Berkeley Jstor) Hendricks, Gordon, (1972). A Bierstadt; an essay and catalogue to accompany a retrospective exhibition of the work of Albert Bierstadt. Catalog Record Hendricks, Gordon (1974). Albert Bierstadt: painter of the American West. New York, H. N. Abrams. Catalog Record Mills, Paul (1964). The Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt. Oakland, Calif.: Oakland Art Museum. Catalog Record Pendarves, Vivian, A. (1880). Wanderings in the western land, with illustrations from original sketches by Albert Bierstadt and the author.London : S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington. Catalogue Record

Data Visualization : mapping of Albert Bierstadt’s biography

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