Sunrise in the Sierras

Media - 1967.136.8 - SAAM-1967.136.8_1 - 3047
Copied Albert Bierstadt, Sunrise in the Sierras, ca. 1872, oil on paper mounted on paperboard, 13 1218 78 in. (34.347.9 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June, 1967.136.8
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Artwork Details

Sunrise in the Sierras
ca. 1872
13 1218 78 in. (34.347.9 cm.)
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Gift of Orrin Wickersham June
Mediums Description
oil on paper mounted on paperboard
  • Landscape — California
  • Landscape — time — sunrise
  • Landscape — mountain — Sierra Nevada Mountains
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Artwork Description

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)