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Nevada Falls, Yosemite

Artist:
Albert Bierstadt (American, Solingen 1830–1902 New York)
Date:
1872 or 1873
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
39 × 30 in. (99.1 × 76.2 cm) Framed: 48 1/16 x 39 x 5 1/16 in. (122 x 99.1 x 12.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Augustus Barnard, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.490.3
Not on view
At Nevada Falls in California’s Yosemite Valley, the Merced River plunges over a high ledge onto a jumble of boulders almost six hundred feet below, creating a torrent of white water and plumes of spray. Tourists were able to visit Nevada Falls by climbing a rocky trail that rose 1,840 feet in elevation from Vernal Falls, a mile and a half downstream. Bierstadt signals this possibility by portraying several sightseers, among them two women in hiking gear.
Signature: [at lower right in red]: ABierstadt [cojoined AB]
Kennedy Galleries, New York; Mrs. J. Augustus Barnard, New York, until 1979
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