After Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase and Westward Expansion had begun, Manifest Destiny arose: the idea that moving to the frontier offered a beacon of light in gaining independence and wealth. German-American painter Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), became a part of the movement across the Great West, and his work is considered a representation of that journey.
Bierstadt’s paintings depicted the novel scenery of the land beyond the territory of Louisiana: gorges cutting between intimidating cliffs, waterfalls in Yosemite, snow-capped mountains in Colorado, the Giant Redwoods of California, settlers making their way across the Oregon Trail. In the style of the Hudson River School, a collective of artists, Albert Bierstadt’s paintings take on a quality known as luminism, in which meticulously depicted subjects and landscapes are engulfed in a glowing light that romanticizes the scene at hand.
Responsible for documenting some of America’s formative moments, when the Civil War broke out in 1861, Albert Bierstadt returned east to visit army camps and paint war scenes, including major battles like the Bombardment of Fort Sumter.
To learn more about the life and work of Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt, and for information about New York Art Gallery, Ackerman’s Fine Art, please watch our video on the artist below:
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