The Sierras Near Lake Tahoe, California
14 15/16 x 21 1/16 in. (38 x 53.5 cm)
(Solingen, Germany, 1830 - 1902, New York, NY)
Medium and Support:
Oil on panel
Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Fund and Marion Stratton Gould Fund
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.