Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902)
Albert was a German artist who moved to the United States with his family in 1831. He began to paint in oils in 1851, began painting in New England and New York in the 1850s, and was even drafted during the American Civil War. Before the war, Bierstadt traveled out to Western America in the company of Frederick W. Lander and made sketches that would ultimately become this finished paintings. He traveled back to the West in 1863, and would do so for the rest of his career.
This man’s work is just so unbelievable and amazingly beautiful. It looks so heavenly and actually somewhat comforting and calm (at least for me). I’m not kidding when I say I could cry because this work is so beautiful. You could tell that this was a man who loved nature and truly respected it.
as if they are paintings…
I wish I could paint like this oh my god!
He did all of these paintings in the STUDIO. he would sketch down things he saw on his travels to the western frontier and would come back and paint these incredible scenes FROM HIS HEAD. This was before photography had widespread use and so these paintings were the only way people could know about the west, and holy crap, he fking made everybody want to go there.
the memory is actually quite the fragile thing, isn’t it?
anime you should watch at least once before you die: kaiba
favorite art movements -> Pre-Raphaelite
i just saw pretty much all of these paintings at the nga in dc (they’re having a massive showing
preraph is one of those things that you like while knowing it is really bad and kind of silly but to be honest there was too much preraphaelite at the exhibit and it was too silly and i had to leave