Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Prussia on January 7, 1830. He came to the United States as an immigrant at age 2 with his parents. They settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Bierstadt was primarily self-taught. In 1853, he departed for Europe on an extended sketching tour, returning to New Bedford in 1857. Bierstadt’s European apprenticeship served him well the following spring when he joined a survey party bound for the Rocky Mountains. Though not the first artist to see or even paint the Rockies, Bierstadt was the first artist to use his European training to translate field studies into expansive paintings celebrating the grandeur of American landscapes. How does “Mount Corcoran” capture the natural wonders of the American West?
Albert Bierstadt, “Mount Corcoran,” c. 1876-1877, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund)