Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) is one of the most popular artists who is known for his amazing landscape paintings. He was born in Germany and at the age of two, his family moved to Massachusetts. He was fond of traveling and often covered beautiful places in the west. Whenever he traveled, he just made oil sketches on paper and after reaching the studio, it was used to paint large scenery.
Albert was a prominent Hudson River School artist and his paintings were characterized with radiant light which is often termed as “Luminism”. Bierstadt was a notable artist who managed to create huge paintings of mountains and landscapes.
From 1853 to 1857, he studied art with the members of the Düsseldorf School of painting. Having a close look at his works reveals that most of the paintings are dominated by elements like clouds, fog, etc. His oil paintings were different with respect to the strange colors he used to paint water, green, etc. His paintings are so inspiring and I am posting this as a tribute to him! Some of his landscape paintings on canvas are absolutely stunning. His paintings include:
- Storm in the Mountains, 1870
- Mount Corcoran, 1876-1877
- Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, (1868)
- Sierra Nevada (1871–1873)
- Lake Tahoe, (1868)
Landscape Paintings by Albert Bierstadt:
Looking down Yosemite valley
As an artist who followed luminism, Albert was successful in creating beautiful landscape paintings. His paintings were large in size and often matched with the places he visited. His love of traveling helped him paint different landscape subjects easily. Use of mystic colors in the works gave the paintings a touch of closeness to nature.
The Hudson River school artists formed a major part of the historic art movement which focused mainly on natural subjects. The beauty of western landscapes is wonderfully captured in these paintings. River beds, marshlands, and mountains are common topics of Hudson River paintings.