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The Sierras Near Lake Tahoe, California

1865
14 15/16 x 21 1/16 in. (38 x 53.5 cm)

Albert Bierstadt
American (Solingen, Germany, 1830 - 1902, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Fund and Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1992.78
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Location: Not currently on view

Bierstadt was one of the most gifted artists to depict the stunning mountain views of the expanding frontier, far west of the Hudson River region that had inspired earlier American landscape painters. He was a member of the generation of artist-explorers who traveled with expeditions or in their footsteps and recorded the visual experience. MAG's painting quietly but masterfully convinces us of the grandeur of mountains and sky by including the tiny deer to give a sense of scale, and by suffusing the surface of the painting with a warm, glowing palette.

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Artist's signature, lower left: Bierstadt/65


Provenance
Private collection; purchased by Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, NY before 1986; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1992

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Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts Examines seven 19th century artworks in the Memorial Art Gallery, with questions and hands-on exercises for students.
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Albert Bierstadt's The Sierras Near Lake Tahoe, California, written by Diane P. Fischer.
MAGexplore MAGexplore provides in-depth information and close looking at over 200 objects in MAG's collection.


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