Albert Bierstadt was born on January 7, 1830 in Solingen, died on February 18, 1902 in New York City. He was an American painter of German origin.
Bierstadt's work was rarely realistic, but rather romanticized. He often changed details for the sake of effect and loved dramatic lighting effects. Bierstadt stands in the tradition of academic landscape painting, as it was common in Europe. Here, landscapes are not simply “painted”, but composed in an academic manner - certain types of landscapes trigger certain emotions in people, according to the Western painting tradition. Bierstadt also worked in this tradition
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