About the Artist
Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) was a German-born American painter best-known for his large scale landscapes of western America that offered a war-torn nation a golden image of their own Promised Land. Though not the first artist to see or even paint the Rockies, Bierstadt was the first who brought with him superior technical skills and considerable experience painting European alpine peaks.
This framed print of Albert Bierstadt's The Last of the Buffalo (1888) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, created using the Gallery's finest-quality digital imaging. The image was printed to Gallery specifications and the frame was selected as a style appropriate to the period.
The Last of the Buffalo is Bierstadt's final great western landscape. Measuring six by ten feet, it perfectly complements his first painting of that size, Lake Lucerne (1858), also in the National Gallery of Art collection. The ambitious landscape combines a variety of elements he had sketched during early western excursions (1859, 1863, and 1871), and is closely related to studies he made in Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1881 (contained in two sketchbooks also in the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Collection). Despite its composite nature, the view incorporates many topographical features representative of the Great Plains.
- 12.5 x 21.5 inches (print), 16 x 24.75 inches (framed)
- Artist-grade canvas with UV topcoat
- Archival pigment inks
- Antiqued wood frame with distressed finish
- Ready to hang