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Albert Bierstadt - Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls
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Paper: Printed to bleed
Canvas: Printed with 2 ins (5 cms) of white border, Museum Finish.
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RF61003-E124 x 18 ins
60 x 45 cms
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RF61003-E232 x 24 ins
80 x 60 cms
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RF61003-E340 x 30 ins
100 x 75 cms
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RF61003-E448 x 36 ins
120 x 90 cms
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RF61003-E516 x 12 ins
40 x 30 cms
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Artist Biography
This German landscape artist travelled extensively, and is renowned for his paintings of towering and atmospheric mountain ranges.

Bierstadt is particularly known for his paintings of North American mountain ranges, which he often undertook on huge canvasses, mirroring the scale of his subjects. He is sometimes referred to as belonging to the Rocky Mountain School of artists.

He was born near Dusseldorf in 1830, where he studied at the Art Academy. His original travels took him through Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and then to America.

His most impressive scenes are from the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, where he provided some of the earliest oils of the Yosemite Valley, the jewel of 'the Range of Light'. He attempted to capture in his paintings the awesome beauty of nature at its most majestic, with granite walls exploding 3,000 feet from lush valley floors, waterfalls cascading like diaphanous bridal-veils, and distant jagged saw-tooth mountain ranges.

Bierstadt was awarded the French 'Chevalier de la Legion d'Honnour' and was named a Member of the National Academy of New York in 1860. He died in 1902.
About this Piece
Bierstadt's reputation was firmly established in the early 1860s through paintings celebrating natural wonders of the American West that expeditions had begun to survey only a decade before. During his second trip west in 1863, Bierstadt visited Yosemite Valley, making oil sketches and drawings that would serve as studies for finished paintings he would compose in his New York studio. In contrast to canvases that suggest the expansiveness of the western landscape in monumental scale, the painting ‘Yosemite Falls’ is modest in its dimensions. Dramatic interest is created through the interplay of atmospheric affects: the spray from the falls above and the glassy reflections in the still water below.

He painted in the tradition of the Hudson River School of artists. His work, like that of Thomas Hill who also painted in this style, showed a particular relationship between civilization on the one hand and wilderness on the other.

Bierstadt’s paintings of the valley helped to make his reputation. They also helped to acquaint the members of Congress who would vote in 1864 to preserve the valley with its wonders.