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Alaskan Coast Range

ca. 1889 Albert Bierstadt Born: Solingen, Germany 1830 Died: New York, New York 1902 oil on paper mounted on paperboard 13 7/8 x 19 3/8 in. (35.2 x 49.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Orrin Wickersham June 1967.136.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Albert Bierstadt traveled through western Canada in 1889 on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He headed to Alaska by steamer in search of "wild places in the mountains," but was shipwrecked in Loring Bay. He lived with the other passengers in Native American huts and filled two books with drawings and paintings of his surroundings. (Anderson and Ferber, Albert Bierstadt: Art and Enterprise, 1990) This painting of the Alaskan coastline is an oil sketch, probably done on the spot as a study for a later work. The cool colors and thin layers of paint evoke the raw atmosphere of the wilderness where Bierstadt found himself stranded.

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Landscape - Alaska

Landscape - coast

Landscape - mountain

painting

paint - oil

paper

paperboard

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Born: Solingen, Germany 1830 Died: New York, New York 1902

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