ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MORTON AND NORMA LEE FUNGER
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)

Italian Valley

Details
ALBERT BIERSTADT (1830-1902)
Italian Valley
signed with conjoined initials and dated 'ABierstadt./1860' (lower right)
oil on canvas
22 x 36 in. (55.9 x 91.4 cm.)
Painted in 1860.
Provenance
Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts, by 1948.
Private collection, by 1966.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the late owners from the above, circa 1970.
Literature
M.A. Erhardt, E. Broun, The Norma Lee and Martin Funger Art Collection, Lunenberg, Vermont, 1999, pp. 12-13, frontispiece illustration (as Italian Landscape)
Exhibited
Boston, Massachusetts, Vose Galleries, American Landscape Paintings and Figure Paintings from 1800 to 1890, 1948, n.p., no. 27.
Fort Worth, Texas, Amon Carter Museum; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; New Bedford, Massachusetts, The Whaling Museum; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Albert Bierstadt, January 27, 1972-January 3, 1973, no. 25.
Further Details
We would like to thank Melissa Webster Speidel, President of the Bierstadt Foundation and Director of the Albert Bierstadt catalogue raisonné project, for her assistance in the cataloguing of this lot. This work is included in the database being compiled for her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

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Lot Essay

In 1856, after studying in Düsseldorf, Germany, Albert Bierstadt traveled to Switzerland and Italy, where he would work until the summer of 1857. During this time, Bierstadt carefully observed the variable Italian landscape, with particular interest in the vistas of Naples. The present work, likely made using sketches from his time in Europe, demonstrates one of Bierstadt’s rare revisitations of Italian imagery following his return to America.

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