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Sunrise in the Sierras

ca. 1872 Albert Bierstadt Born: Solingen, Germany 1830 Died: New York, New York 1902 oil on paper mounted on paperboard 13 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (34.3 x 47.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Orrin Wickersham June 1967.136.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In 1872, Albert Bierstadt traveled deep into Kings River canyon in the South Sierra Nevada with the geologist Clarence King. He created many paintings on this trip, believing that people back East would be fascinated by images of the distant western states. In Sunrise in the Sierras the sunlight bouncing off the tips of the mountains emphasizes the vivid color of the rock against the dark, unfinished foreground. (Anderson and Ferber, Albert Bierstadt: Art and Enterprise, 1990)

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Landscape - California

Landscape - mountain - Sierra Nevada Mountains

Landscape - time - sunrise

painting

paint - oil

paper

paperboard

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

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