ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902) German/American
One of most famous "Rock Mountain Art School" masters
"Road To Mountain"
Possibly a view of
San Juan mountains, Telluride, Colorado
notable auction house 2009.
''Road To Mountain'' 1863
Oil on canvas
Site: 16" x 20"
Frame 19 3/4" x 23 1/2"
antique carved gilt
Condition: Old patch to reverse,
discolored varnish, otherwise good
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1830 Born in Solingen, Germany to Christina M. Tillmans and Henry Bierstadt
1832 Family immigrates to New Bedford, MA
1850 Advertises himself as an instructor of monochromatic painting
1853 Travels to Dusseldorf and shares a studio with painter Worthington Whittredge
1856 Departs Dusseldorf and tours Germany, Switzerland, and Italy
1857 Returns to New England and tours the coast
1858 First official exhibition at National Academy of Design in New York, NY
1859 Travels west with an expedition led by Colonel Frederick W. Lander. Moves to New York, NY
1860 Tours the White Mountain region with his brothers and photographers, Charles and Edward
1861 Visits Union troops on the Potomac with Emanuel Leutze
1863 Travels west and tours Yosemite Valley, Oregon and Columbia River with author Fitz Hugh Ludlow
1864 "The Rocky Mountains" is shown at the New York City Sanitary Fair and prompts immediate popularity
1865 Builds mansion, Malkastan, in Irvington, NY on the Hudson
1866 Marries Rosalie Osborne Ludlow, divorced wife of Fitz Hugh Ludlow
1867 Presented to Queen Victoria and awarded Legion of Honor by Napoleon III
1870 Visits Europe
1871 Travels to California for a two-year stay and meets photographer Eadweard Muybridge
1876 Tours Canada, Colorado, Alaska, and stays in White House as guest of President Hayes
1877 Travels to the Bahamas due to wife's failing health
1878 A second and final painting is purchased by the U.S. government.
1881 First trip to Yellowstone area
1882 Fire destroys Malkastan
1886 Paintings are rejected form the Paris Salon and the Worlds Columbian Exposition
1893 Rosalie Bierstadt dies
1894 Marries second wife, Mary Hicks Stewart
1895 Files bankruptcy
1902 Dies in New York, NY