Sunrise in the Sierras

  • Albert Bierstadt, Sunrise in the Sierras, ca. 1872, oil on paper mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June, 1967.136.8

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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)

Sunrise in the Sierras
ca. 1872
On View
13 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (34.3 x 47.9 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Orrin Wickersham June

Mediums Description
oil on paper mounted on paperboard
  • Landscape – time – sunrise
  • Landscape – mountain – Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Landscape – California
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