Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bierstadt, Albert

Western Kansas
Oil on canvas
28 x 39 1/2 inches (71.12 x 100.33 cm)
Public collection

Albert Bierstadt (1830 – 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his lush, sweeping landscapes of the American West.
The colors he used are also not always true. He painted what he believed was the way things should be: water is ultramarine, vegetation is lush and green, etc.
He was elected a member of the National Academy; he received medals in Austria, Bavaria, Belgium, and Germany; and his paintings remain popular.