Among the Sierra Nevada, California

  • Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California, 1868, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Huntington Hull, granddaughter of William Brown Dinsmore, who acquired the painting in 1873 for "The Locusts," the family estate in Dutchess County, New York, 1977.107.1

Publication Label

Albert Bierstadt's beautifully crafted paintings played to a market eager, in the 1860s, for spectacular views of the nation's frontier. Bierstadt painted Among the Sierra Nevada, California in his Rome studio. He then showed the canvas in Berlin and London before shipping it to the United States. Works such as this fueled the image of America as a promised land just when Europeans were immigrating to this country in great numbers.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Among the Sierra Nevada, California
Artist
Date
1868
On View
Dimensions
overall: 72 x 120 1/8 in. (183 x 305 cm)
frame: 96 1/4 x 144 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (244.5 x 366.7 x 18.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Helen Huntington Hull, granddaughter of William Brown Dinsmore, who acquired the painting in 1873 for "The Locusts," the family estate in Dutchess County, New York

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Landscape – lake
  • Animal – deer
  • Animal – bird – duck
  • Landscape – mountain – Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Landscape – waterfall
  • Landscape – California
Object Number
1977.107.1
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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