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The Rocky Mountains (Lander's Peak)
London: Thomas McLean, 1869. Lithograph, printed in colours, by Jacob Lutz, printed by Kell Brothers. In 1859, Bierstadt joined an expedition to the West led by Colonel Frederick W. Lander. This work was painted four years later in New York as a tribute to Lander who died in 1862 after a distinguished military career. Bierstadt found it fitting to name the central summit in memory of his fallen friend.The painting was a huge success and was quickly bought by the English railroad magnate James McHenry for $25,000. Its beauty lies in Bierstadt's faithful delineation of the Shoshone Indian village encampment and carefully rendered foliage in the foreground, with a middle distance featuring a reflective body of water and the exaggerated snow-capped peak in the background towering over the entire scene. The chromolithograph, printed by the Kell Brothers, preserves Bierstadt's sumptuous palette.This Western paradise immediately appealed to the imagination of most Americans, who had only read about the untamed frontier. The original painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nancy Anderson and Linda S. Ferber, Albert Bierstadt Art & Enterprise , pp. 274-275, number 78, figure 90, illustrated in colour page 291.
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