Albert Bierstadt (1830 – 1902)
SCENE IN YOSEMITE VALLEY, 1864-1874
Oil on canvas
20 7/8 x 29 inches (53 x 73.7 cm) Frame: 28 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Daniel Blau Endowment Fund
SCENE IN YOSEMITE VALLEY
This small painting by Hudson River School artist Albert Bierstadt communicates the breadth, expansiveness, and pristine quality of the American landscape. His inviting landscapes fueled romanticism and encouraged a war-torn American people to take advantage of the newly constructed Trans-Continental Railroad and head west to see the territory.