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Born in Germany, raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and trained as an
artist in Düsseldorf, Albert Bierstadt emerged at the beginning of the 1860s
as a rapidly-rising star of the American art world. A trip to the Rocky
Mountains in 1859 resulted in several huge paintings of Western scenery that
solidified his reputation. Bierstadt visited California for the first time
in 1863, spending about a month in Yosemite Valley before returning to his
New York studio. There he worked up his field studies into major paintings
that did more to publicize the wonders of California scenery than written
accounts or photographs. Bierstadt returned to San Francisco in 1871 and
spent most of the next two years as a resident California painter, traveling
around the state taking plein-air studies.