Alaskan Coast Range

Media - 1967.136.7 - SAAM-1967.136.7_1 - 3045
Copied Albert Bierstadt, Alaskan Coast Range, ca. 1889, oil on paper mounted on paperboard, 13 7819 38 in. (35.249.2 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June, 1967.136.7
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Artwork Details

Alaskan Coast Range
ca. 1889
13 7819 38 in. (35.249.2 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Orrin Wickersham June
Mediums Description
oil on paper mounted on paperboard
  • Landscape — mountain
  • Landscape — Alaska
  • Landscape — coast
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Artwork Description

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.