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    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

    ALBERT BIERSTADT (American, 1830-1902)

    Study of Rocky Mountains
    Oil on paper laid on board
    8-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches (21.0 x 26.7 cm)
    Monogrammed lower right: AB

    PROVENANCE:
    By descent through the Stewart family, Portland, Oregon;
    Purchased from the Stewart estate by Charles Wentworth of Boston, 1970;
    Thence by descent to Donna King;
    Acquired by the current owner in 2006.

    In 1859, Bierstadt embarked on an epic journey that would forever change his career. He was invited to join Colonel F.W. Lander's Wagon Road Survey Party and made his first trip west. Lander's army expedition had been sent by horseback to survey as far west as the Rocky Mountains, and Bierstadt accompanied the group in order to document the untamed wilderness. He also photographed the Native Americans and immigrants they encountered along the way. When Bierstadt returned to his Tenth Street studio, he began reworking his sketches and filling them out to create his famous panoramic canvases of the American West. The culmination of Bierstadt's western journey became one of the best examples of his artistic talent, The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak (1863), which now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum. The painting is a compilation of various sketches and preliminary works, such as Study of Rocky Mountains, that Bierstadt executed during and immediately after Lander's expedition. The jagged peaks are shrouded in thick misty clouds, and the specific details of the terrain rush toward the viewer in increasing clarity. Bierstadt has captured the pristine and rugged natural beauty of a young America.


    Condition Report*: Excellent condition with minor paint loss in upper right corner.
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    Auction Dates
    July, 2009
    16th Thursday
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