Albert Bierstadt’s 1870 canvas Puget Sound On The Pacific Coast is a dreamy, idyllic reproduction of the frontiers of the American nation during the Westward Expansion. In most cases his landscapes vistas were utterly fabricated reproductions of any real scene, allowing Bierstadt to straddle a unique liminal space between commercial populism and Surrealism. Having made a number of adventurous trips alongside the Westward Expansion to the outer rims of the frontier areas, many believed that Bierstadt’s canvases were accurate depictions of the landscape. His idealised world helped fuel the expansion to new frontiers, further develop an embryonic American nationalism, and draw a wealth of immigrants to the promised land of his paintings. Commissioned by a New York magnate who had made his wealth through shipping concerns on the Pacific coast, Bierstadt conjured this imagined reproduction of a landscape he had never seen. An enterprising and entrepreneurial figure, the artist never turned down a commission.
Although immensely popular during his day, Bierstadt was not held in high esteem by critics – his use of immensely-sized canvases was thought to be an arrogant indulgence. Clearly deeply influenced by popular Romanticist canvases of his native Germany, Bierstadt’s works reflect an idealised optimism that characterised the peoples of late-nineteenth century America. An immigrant to the United States, his use of light evokes the epiphanic glory of seeing the promised land for the first time, inspiring awe through the unrealistic tones and impossibly lush vegetation. Bierstadt’s dreamlands are remarkable artefacts, and are valuable historical documents of a particular people and their representation of a land they were not only trying to depict but also to own. In many cases, the artist’s imagined reproductions of the topography and features of an area have come to identify the landscape, such was the commercial effect of this unique artist.
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