In The Sierras
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1940.299
People
Albert Bierstadt, American (Solingen (near Dusseldorf), Germany 1830 - 1902 New York, NY)
Title
In the Sierras
Other Titles
Former Title: Landscape
Former Title: Lake Tahoe
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1868
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
33 x 40.6 cm (13 x 16 in.)
framed: 52.7 x 60.6 x 7 cm (20 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r: AB [monogram] 68
Provenance
Acquired by Abijah Curtiss, c. 1880; his bequest to his son, Frederic Curtiss, Boston, MA; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Haines Curtiss to the Fogg Art Museum, 1940.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Haines Curtiss
Accession Year
1940
Object Number
1940.299
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Jules David Prown and Barbara Rose, American Painting: From the Colonial Period to the Present, Skira/Rizzoli (New York), pp. 64-65, ill. p. 65

Fitz Hugh Ludlow, The Heart of the Continent, Hurd and Houghton (New York, NY, 1870)

Richard S. Trump, "Life and Works of Albert Bierstadt" (Thesis, Ohio State University, 1963), Unpublished and Ohio State University, p. 221

Luminous Landscape: The American Study of Light, 1860-1875, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1966), no. 4, pp. 16-17

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, 1967), n.p.

Jules David Prown, American Painting: From Its Beginnings to the Armory Show, Skira (New York, NY, 1969), ill. p. 69

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 75, ill.

Gordon Hendricks, Albert Bierstadt: Painter of the American West, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, TX, 1974), c-114

Robert Rosenblum, Modern Painting and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to Rothko, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1975), p. 202, reproduced in b/w no. 296

John Howett and Paula Hancock, The New Image, exh. cat., High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA, 1975), reproduced

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., The Hudson River School: 19th Century American Landscapes in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, 1976), p. 72, no. 43, fig. 43a,

Ross Taggart, Kaleidoscope of American Painting: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, exh. cat., William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (now Nelson-Atkins) (Kansas City, MO, 1977), p. 53, cat. 62, ill.

François Mathey, American Realism: A Pictorial Survey from the Early Eighteenth Century to the 1970s, Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1978), reproduced in b/w p. 48

Jean-Louis Ferrier, ed., Art of Our Century, Prentice-Hall Editions (New York, NY, 1989), reproduced in color p. 38

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 12, cat. 71

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 47-48, cat. no. 22, reproduced in color, p. 47

Exhibition History

Take Care: The Conservation of Paintings, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, 01/18/1954 - 02/28/1954; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 03/10/1954 - 04/25/1954

Unidentified Exhibiton, Harvard Club of New York, 1956, Harvard Club of New York City, New York, 03/01/1956 - 03/31/1956

Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

American West, National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw, 01/08/1974 - 02/17/1974; Sala Dallas, Bucharest, 03/01/1974 - 03/22/1974; Palace of Culture, Iasi, 03/29/1974 - 04/10/1974; Banatul Museum, Timisoara, 04/19/1974 - 05/05/1974; Ethnographic Museum of Zagreb, Zagreb, 05/13/1974 - 06/09/1974; Fine Arts Gallery of the City of Skopje, Skopje, 06/17/1974 - 07/07/1974; Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade, 07/15/1974 - 07/31/1974; Cultural Information Center, Sarajevo, 08/14/1974 - 08/25/1974

Kaleidoscope of American Painting: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 12/02/1977 - 01/22/1978

A New World, American Landscape Painting, National Museum Stockholm, 103 24 Stockholm, 09/18/1986 - 11/23/1986; Gothenburg Art Museum, Gothenburg, 12/06/1986 - 02/15/1987

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted