Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 to February 18, 1902) is an American painter of German origin, known for his landscapes of the American West. He joined several trips during the conquest of the West. Even if it was not the first to represent the wilderness, he was nevertheless the most important. Bierstadt was part of the Hudson River School, an informal group of painters of the nineteenth century Romantic painting practice, bathed in radiant light.
Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family emigrated to New Bedford in 1833. He studied painting with members of the Düsseldorf school, from 1853 to 1857. He began painting in New England and the New York State. In 1859, he traveled westward in the company of a U.S. government surveyor. He returned west in 1863 with the writer Fitz Hugh Ludlow, whose wife became his wife later. He lived in the 1870s in San Francisco.
* The Mount Whitney, grandeur of the Rockies, 1875, The Rockwell Museum, Corning: this table magnifying American nature, was painted for the centennial of the declaration of independence.
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