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Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West

Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West

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by Peter H. Hassrick 

As one of America's most prominent nineteenth-century painters, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) is justly renowned for his majestic paintings of the western landscape. This splendid full-color volume highlights his achievements in chronicling a rapidly changing American West. 

This volume takes a major step in reappraising Bierstadt's contributions by reexamining the artist through a new lens. It shows how Bierstadt conveyed moral messages through his paintings, often to preserve the dignity of Native peoples and call attention to the tragic slaughter of the American bison. More broadly, the book reconsiders the artist's engagement with contemporary political and social debates surrounding wildlife conservation in America, the creation and perpetuation of national parks, and the prospects for the West's Indigenous peoples. Along with its rich sampling of Bierstadt's diverse artwork, Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West features informative essays by noted curators, scholars of art history, and historians of the American West. 

Hard cover, 248 pages 

Dimensions: 10.3 in. X 11.2 in. 

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