In 2011 we went to see an exhibition
of one of my favorite artists, Albert Bierstadt,
at the Seattle Art Museum.
It was the thrill of a lifetime for me.
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was an American painter, born in Solingen, Germany. His family immigrated to Massachusetts in 1832. At 23, he returned to Germany to study art under landscape painters at the Dusseldorf Academy.
A member of the Hudson River School,
Bierstadt is one of the most prominent
landscape painters of the nineteenth century.
He was hired to go on a government expedition in 1859 to produce paintings of the American West to promote Western settlers. Those were the paintings I saw at the museum.
Naturally they wouldn't let me take pictures. But I bought some postcards. That will have to be my poor substitute. But you can see how beautiful the paintings are even from a postcard. I love the way he captures the light.
Among the Sierra Nevada, California, 1868
oil on canvas, 72 x 120
This painting took up an entire wall!
Imagine the artist hiking in to these remote habitats
to set up his paints and easel in all kinds of weather.
This was before the West was settled.
There were very few roads
and certainly not in these places!
The town I live in here in Washington State
was not even established until 1898!
Gates of the Yosemite, 1882
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas, 14 x 20 inches
Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Valley, 1872
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas 14 x 20 inches
King's River Canyon
Mountain Out of the Mist
If you have ever traveled in the American West,
you know how ruggedly beautiful it is. To capture that on canvas was amazing.
There were other paintings there as well. It was an exhibition of early American Landscapes. Frederick Church, Thomas Moran, Alvan Fisher, among others.
Thomas Moran (1837- 1926)
Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River, Wyoming Territory, 1882
Alvan Fisher (1792 - 1863)
The Great Horseshoe Fall, Niagara, 1820
Oil on canvas - 34 x 48 in.
There were a few East Coast paintings, also.
Not only was the exhibition beautiful, but the city was equally exciting. Seattle is a beautiful city with architecture of varying styles. Tinted blue glass is used in this unusual building. If you have ever been to Vancouver, British Columbia, you will see the same tinted blue glass in most of it's buildings. It is very beautiful.
Here is another example. All of these buildings were viewed just outside of the Art Museum.
We took a little stroll and came upon this little scene on the corner. I love the pastel
buildings and the globe street lights.
Looking the opposite way, I noticed this charming apartment above a little store on the corner.
In another life this is where I would live.
Just a hop and a skip away from my dream job at the Art Museum!
As we were driving away from our lovely day in the city, I noticed these vintage hotel signs. I don't think the buildings are used as hotels any more, but they kept the signs up. Aren't they so 'retro'?
We also drove by the new Seattle Public Library. I have always wanted to go inside, but that will have to wait for another time.
Hubby knows that once I get inside, it would be a looooong day!
And so I had to say goodbye to the beautiful paintings,
the gorgeous architecture, the amazing skyline.
Because we all know, I am a country girl at heart.
Linking with: Coastal Ripples - Paint Monthly