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Albert Bierstadt
Alaskan Coast Range
about 1889
oil
13 7/8 x 29 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June



Alaskan Coast Range combines the grandeur of the distant snow-capped mountains and the quiet beauty of the lush green landscape. Throughout his career Bierstadt traveled extensively, and this painting may have been based on sketches he made while stranded in an Alaskan fishing village near Loring Bay, where his steamer went aground in 1889.