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    ALBERT BIERSTADT (American 1830-1902)

    Matterhorn
    Oil on paper laid on board 21in. x 17.5in.
    Initialed lower left: AB

    An American artist of German birth, Albert Bierstadt was one of the most significant and popular landscape painters in the United States during the second half of the 19th century, he was influenced by both European art and the Hudson River School, and ultimately created a new landscape style characterized by evocative monumental vistas. Bierstadt was mainly self-taught and spent some years as a drawing instructor before traveling and studying in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy from 1853 to 1857. In 1858 he entered the New York Art Circle, submitting a painting of Lake Lucerne to the annual exhibition at the National Academy of Design. In 1859, Bierstadt made his first trip across the American West, after which established a studio in New York and began producing the distinctive monumental western landscape paintings for which he best known.

    Following his marriage in 1866, Bierstadt traveled to Europe with his wife, Rosalie, and made many sketches in Switzerland. Richard Trump who wrote a 1863 dissertation on Bierstadt's life and work, records a letter from the artist wife in 1867: "I am now sitting on a side hill from what place splendid views are obtained of the opposite chain of mountains. Albert is perched nearby on his sketching stool making an oil study of the Jungfrau. He has almost 50 splendid studies." (from a letter in the archives of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). This excellent oil study of the Matterhorn relates to Bierstadt's painting of the same subject in the Dallas Museum of Art.

    This painting has been authenticated by Alexander Achevedo of the Alexander Gallery in New York.

    Provenance: Private Collection, NY
    Roughton Galleries, Dallas TX
    acquired from the above by the present owner

    Reference: Richard S. Trump, Life and Works of Albert Bierstadt, diss. (Ohio State University, Columbus, 1963).



    Condition Report*: Very good condition; paper has been laid down on board; some retouching along edges.
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