Albert Bierstadt’s 1868 canvas Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains California is the product of a series of journeys the artist made alongside pioneers of the Westward Expansion of the United States. Less an artist in the typical sense and more an enigmatic entrepreneur and impresario, Bierstadt’s technical abilities remain incontestable. Playing to an eager market, the artist’s sweeping vistas were crafted for an audience who had never seen the landscapes that were rapidly falling fell within their borders. Forging majestic views of the American frontiers, Bierstadt's exhibitions drew both public acclaim and critical scorn. Towering over any work installed beside it, Bierstadt’s immensely-sized reproductions of landscape scenes were, like Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains California, created in his Rome studio, exhibited in Berlin and London, and then shipped to the United States for sale. Despite his tactics, Bierstadt’s scenes helped create the image abroad of America as a land of opportunity, space, and promise.
Indeed, many of the artist’s canvases were complete fabrications, affording him the reputation as a painter of what like should be, not what it is. The public of his day eagerly consumed images that drew on the popular, yet waning, genre of Romanticism that characterized the early nineteenth century. As tastes changed and the small-scale, intimate magic of the Impressionists took the art world by storm, Bierstadt’s success declined. For a painter who worked primarily in the studio, his depiction of light was felt to be excessively atmospheric. Indeed, almost every element seemed to accentuated to inspire awe. Yet, Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains California remains a remarkable popular artefact of an embryonic form of American nationalism, emphasising the grandeur, the ambition, and endless promise that drew so many immigrants, like Bierstadt himself, to the United States.
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