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Most of the quotes that we have available from the life of Albert Bierstadt speak of his love for nature and also outline his firm desire to protect it as best he could.

Bierstadt connected with his content like almost no other artist - even sleeping within some of these natural environments. He was passionate about protecting some of these regions and was an artist with incredible integrity, combined with his impressive technical ability.

Famous Quotes by Albert Bierstadt

Christ is one with His creatures and so man must treat his fellow creatures as Christ would. The continual slaughter of native species must be halted before all is lost.

The magnificent beauty of the natural world is a manifestation of the mysterious natural laws that will be forever obscured from us.

Truly all is remarkable and a wellspring of amazement and wonder. Man is so fortunate to dwell in this American Garden of Eden.

The artist ought to tell his portion of history as well as the writer; a combination of both will assuredly render it more complete.

The color of the mountains and of the plains, and, indeed, that of the entire country, reminds one of the color of Italy; in fact, we have here the Italy of America in a primitive condition.

We have a great many Indian subjects. We were quite fortunate in getting them, the natives not being very willing to have the brass tube of the camera pointed at them.

Quotes about Albert Bierstadt by Art Historians and Fellow Artists

Albert Bierstadt was a German-American painter best known for his lavish, sweeping landscapes of the American West. He joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion to paint the scenes. He was not the first artist to record the sites, but he was the foremost painter of them for the remainder of the 19th century.


Although taken to task by critics in his later years for being excessive and unrefined, Bierstadt is today widely considered one of America's greatest landscape artists; a man whose paintings offer a unique picture of American natural history during the second half of the nineteenth century. Produced from photographs and sketches, he made epic panoramas of the untamed American West that proved immensely popular with the American public.

Bierstadt died suddenly in New York on February 18, 1902, largely forgotten. Ironically, renewed interest in his work was sparked by a series of exhibitions in the 1960s highlighting not the great western paintings but rather the small oil sketches he had used as "color notes" for the panoramic landscapes that had brought him such success in the 1860s.

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Bierstadt’s expansive, exuberant vistas were nearly matched by his own self-promoting charisma, and his exhibitions were heavily advertised, ticketed affairs.


His colours were applied more according to a formula than from observation: luscious, green vegetation, ice-blue water, and pale, atmospheric blue-green mountains. The progression from foreground to background was often a dramatic one without the softness and subtlety of a middle distance.