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Manifest destiny, the belief that Americans were divinely ordained to be the masters of the continent from sea to shining sea created enormous demand for paintings of a West most art patrons had yet to see for themselves. In Celtic tradition, the Western Sea held the Blessed Isles, the place to which one traveled after death where you were forever young and happy; in short, heaven was a physical place and it was located in the West. Many Americans and would-be Americans had the same idea. This is not a painting about how day dies and takes a piece of...
Created by: Bierstadt, Albert
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Bierstadt called this work Garden of the Gods, electing to show us the majesty of the garden that is the wilderness unchecked in this case, a portion of the Yosemite Valley. Sydney Eddison, a writer for Horticulture Magazine stated, "Gardens are a form of autobiography. How we approach them, and even more, how we define them, says a great deal about who we are and what we believe in." Bierstadt's works derived from transcendentalist philosophy the idea that the divine is incarnate within the natural world around us. So while our own gardens, however lovely, remain small and imperfect,...
Created by: Bierstadt, Albert
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One of the most prominent artists of the latter Hudson River School painters, Bierstadt exemplified the American ideal: the immigrant who came to American and became a self-made success. Born in Prussia in 1830, Bierstadt arrived in America at the age of 2. Though self-taught and having only a rudimentary knowledge of painting, he began offering art lessons in 1851. He managed to make enough money to study in Dusseldorf for 3 years, and then returned to America, signing on with an early geological survey trip to the Rocky Mountains. With thousands of watercolor sketches of previously unrecorded sights in hand, he set up a studio in New...
Created by: Bierstadt, Albert
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A major figure of the latter years of the Hudson River School and at one time the highest paid artist in America, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was one of the first professional artists to visit the American West. His work was fueled by the notion of Manifest Destiny, the idea that Americans were divinely ordained to be the masters of the continent. Paintings like this one of Yellowstone Falls and other great natural vistas like the Yosemite Valley both inspired immigration to the West and helped convince Congress to pass the National Parks Act to protect its scenic beauties.
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Bierstadt witnessed the beginning of the destruction of his beloved landscape, especially after the popularity of Church's painting of Niagara. Early in the 19th century, most people considered Niagara Falls to be "the nation's most magnificent natural spectacle." But that spectacle was desecrated as developers harnessed the falls for power, cut the timber that surrounded them, and turned the best scenic overlooks into curios stands selling cheap souvenirs. According to historian Alfred Runte, the national shame felt about Niagara spurred people into action. When Albert Bierstadt presented to America his images of Yosemite Valley, people insisted that the area be protected from Niagara's fate. Instead of allowing the valley...
Created by: Bierstadt, Albert
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