Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902
Albert Bierstadt was one of the most prominent and influential American landscape painters of the 19th century. With his enormous, detailed paintings of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, he introduced many Easterners to the grandeur of the American West for the first time. Although Bierstadt was (and still is) best known for his monumental landscape paintings, he produced a large body of excellent smaller, finished paintings primarily of landscapes and animals. These works, once again, command some of the highest prices for 19th century American painting.
Further Reading: Albert Bierstadt, Western Art and Architecture 2013