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Creator Name: Bierstadt, Albert
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1830 - 1902
Creator Birth Place: Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Albert Bierstadt
Title: Yosemite Valley
Title Type: Primary
Title: Starr King Mountain, California
Title Type: Former
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1866
Creation End Date: 1866
Creation Date: 1866
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas on panel
Dimensions: Unframed: 97cm x 142.3cm
Inscriptions: signed lower right: ABierstadt. / 66 [AB in monogram]
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 221.1922
Credit Line: Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
Provenance: Chester Cutter, Nyack; Frank Marshall, Philadelphia; (Vose Gallery, Boston, bought by the Museum, 1922).
Context: Albert Bierstadt visited California's Yosemite Valley in the summer of 1863 during one of his lengthy tours of the American West. On his return to New York, he produced numerous paintings based on sketches he had made. Such views thrilled East Coast audiences who had heard reports of grand mountains rivalling the Alps of Europe. The Native American couple standing in the foreground helps convey the enormous scale of Yosemite's snow-capped peaks and marks this scene as distinctly American.Fashionable and expensive, paintings like this also spurred early movements to save the country's natural wonders. In 1864, President Lincoln signed a bill preserving Yosemite as public property; it became a national park in 1890.
AMICA ID: CMA_.221.1922
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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