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Albert Bierstadt


Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt



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Albert Bierstadt

1830 - 1902


oil on paper mounted on board

signed ABierstadt (lower left)

13 1/2 by 19 in.

34.3 by 48.3 cm.

Executed circa 1870s.

This work is included in the database for the Albert Bierstadt Catalogue Raisonné Project and is accompanied by a letter of opinion from Melissa Webster Speidel, President of the Bierstadt Foundation and Director of the Albert Bierstadt Catalogue Raisonné Project.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's:

This work on paper has been mounted onto a piece of board. The board is slightly concave, but this can be reduced when the work is installed in its frame. The paint layer has been lightly cleaned and varnished. Retouches have been applied beneath the “B” of “Bierstadt,” in two areas in the water in the lower center, and in a few small dots in the lower right. There are a few isolated dots of retouching around the sun, in a small group in the lower right sky, and in a few other spots in the upper left corner of the work. The work should be hung as is.

Framed dimensions: 22 by 28 in. (55.9 by 71.1 cm.)

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Charles Mongeon, Oregon

Estate of the above

Jack Mongeon, Oregon (acquired from the above by descent in 1915)

Camille Mongeon, Oregon (daughter of the above, acquired by descent)

Acquired from the above by the present owner

The present work is believed to have been executed circa 1870s and likely depicts the San Francisco Bay Area. As was typical of the artist’s technique, Albert Bierstadt produced numerous oil sketches and studies while working on larger easel paintings. Landscapes at sunset were a particularly common subject matter for the artist. These works captured the unique quality of each sunset, here in the present work he focuses particular attention on one element – the sun and its reflection on the shallow water below. In Sunset, Bierstadt paints the sun as it’s about to touch the horizon, the moment before dusk becomes night. Bierstadt intentionally fills the canvas with glowing hues of yellow and orange and the darker patches of grass in margins bring the eye back to center, emphasizing the reflection of the sun onto the water.