Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902): oil on canvas, framed, signed bottom left.
Albert Bierstadt was one of the premier American landscape painters of the Hudson River School. Although trained in Europe, he spent most of his career painting the picturesque landscape of the United States.
Through comparative analysis, authenticator Gayle B. Tate, of G.B. Tate & Sons Fine Art, makes a compelling argument that this work is by the hand of Albert Bierstadt. He notes that it was rendered in the typical style and fashion of early Bierstadt during his time in Europe.
Although Albert Bierstadt is remembered for his late-career sweeping, luminist landscapes, he initially struggled to hone his technical ability and style, garnering him rejections from both the studio of Andreas Achenbach and the Dusseldorf Academy. However, rejection did not deter him, and he returned to Prussia in 1853, studying with members of the Dusseldorf School of Painting. Upon returning to the United States, he submitted a landscape painting at the National Academy of Design, which garnered him critical acclaim and honorary membership in the Academy.
Bierstadt's landscapes have certain characteristics that are present in this work: the fact that is strictly a landscape; the use of earth tones, bringing emphasis to the central subject matter; and the tendency toward more dramatic scenes and lighting. Additionally, Tate notes that Bierstadt often signed his works with his initials and that this particular signature is well integrated into the painting.
A copy of the Authentication Report is available upon request.
11 3/4 x 13 1/2" canvas, 20 3/4 x 26 3/4" frame
The provenance for the Subject Artwork is the estate of Thomas Summers of Oklahoma City, which also contained another documented painting by Bierstadt from the same original source. Thomas Summers was the owner of the Penny Stock Market and good friends with one of the directors of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Summers was also well known as an art collector with taste and savvy regarding American art.