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Merced River, Yosemite Valley

Artist:
Albert Bierstadt (American, Solingen 1830–1902 New York)
Date:
1866
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 50 in. (91.4 x 127 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of the sons of William Paton, 1909
Accession Number:
09.214.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
On May 12, 1863, in the company of the journalist and explorer Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Bierstadt departed on his second trip to the West. The two men camped in California’s Yosemite Valley in August, probably inspired in their choice of destination by the stereoscopic photographs of Carleton E. Watkins, who had recorded the valley’s magnificent scenery under various atmospheric conditions. From the many studies Bierstadt made during the trip, he painted several large works back in New York. In this canvas, as in many by him, monumental, jagged peaks dwarf the figures seen in the flat, carefully detailed foreground
Signature: [at lower right]: ABierstadt / 1866

Marking: [stamped on canvas on the back]: PREPARED / BY EDWD DECHAUX / NEW YORK
William Paton, New York, 1866–died 1890; his sons, William Agnew Paton, David Paton, and Stewart Paton, 1890–1909
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