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Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902)

Lot 24028: ALBERT BIERSTADT (American 1830-1902)

Heritage Auctions

October 29, 2004
Dallas, TX, US

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ALBERT BIERSTADT (American 1830-1902)
Sketchbook, June-July 1896
5in. x 7in.
5 watercolor and pencil sketches, 24 pencil sketches
Stamped inside front and back covers: from the estate of Mary S. Bierstadt, March 1917
Inside cover stamped: Hugo Rosenstein Artist Materials, NYC
Provenance: the artist, to Mary S. Bierstadt (his 2nd wife), Mary S. Bierstadt estate 1917

Throughout his career, Bierstadt traveled into remote areas of wilderness with his sketching equipment to make studies that he would later use in his New York studio as the basis for his larger paintings. Albert Bierstadt traveled in Europe over the spring and summer of 1896 and was in Lucerne, Switzerland during the month of June. While working on-site, Bierstadt preferred to draw in sketchbooks or on easily transportable sheets of paper, generally no larger than 13in. x 19in.

Bierstadt's sketches offer an intimate and sensitive view of the natural surroundings; they often appear more fresh and spontaneous than his larger, finished oil paintings. These works on paper enable the viewer to witness firsthand what the artist experienced -- they capture a moment in time like a photograph or diary entry. In addition to being a prolific artist, he was also an avid outdoorsman. His affinity with nature no doubt inspired his choice of artistic subjects.

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ALBERT BIERSTADT (American 1830-1902)

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