Due to the small size of this collection, items are arranged as one chronological series. Series 1: Albert Bierstadt Letters, 1860-1900 (Box 1; 13 items)
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This small collection comprises 13 letters written by renowned Hudson River School landscape painter Albert Bierstadt between 1860 and 1900. The majority of the letters were penned in the last two decades of his life.
Bierstadt writes specifically of his work in several of the letters and refers to two paintings, "Laramie Peak" and "The Jungfrau". In one letter he writes of the inspiration he finds in nature through his love of the mountains. Bierstadt invites friends to his studio in New York City, mentions a trip to Yosemite in the 1870s, and writes letters of introduction on behalf of friends. Two of the letters concern commissions and discuss financial matters.
Albert Bierstadt letter collection, 1880-1893. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The letters were digitized in 2008 and are available online via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Robert Neuhaus papers concerning Clyfford Still and Albert Bierstadt, 1884-1984 (bulk 1941-1984). A circa 1875 photograph of Bierstadt by Bierstadt Brothers given to the Archives by an unknown donor is available online.
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was a landscape painter from New York, N.Y.
Letters to his sister, Mr. Jules Levita, Mr. Adams, Mr. Stedman, Mrs. Ely, and an unidentified person, donated 1955-1957 by Charles Feinberg; letters to Mr. Rives and Mr. Cooke, purchased by the Archives of American Art, 1956 from Charles Hamilton Autographs; the letter to Mr. Coffin, purchased by AAA from Steele, and the letter to General Miles donated 1976 by Mrs. Miles Reber, granddaughter-in-law of General Nelson.
The letters of Albert Bierstadt in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2008. The letters have been scanned in their entirety and total 30 images.
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