The Merced River in Yosemite
On View In:
Gallery 323
Artist:   Albert Bierstadt  
Title:   The Merced River in Yosemite  
Date:   1868  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   29 1/4 x 24 1/16 in. (74.3 x 61.12 cm) (sight) 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm) (canvas) 37 7/8 x 32 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (96.2 x 82.87 x 8.89 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Atherton Bean in Memory of Douglas Atherton Bean  
Location:   Gallery 323  

Located in the Yosemite Valley of central California, the Merced River was one of the many destinations on the westward journeys of painter Albert Bierstadt. Bierstadt’s second journey west took place in 1863 during which time he spent seven weeks in the Yosemite Valley. This landscape reflects Bierstadt’s membership in the Hudson River School, a group of painters known for their romanticized and highly detailed landscapes full of dramatic lighting. The Merced River in Yosemite exhibits these attributes in the brilliant and almost otherworldly light shining from the hill, offering just enough to illuminate the details of the trees and campsite in the foreground. Although born in Germany, Albert Bierstadt spent much of his life in America and is regarded as one of the most honored and accomplished American artists from the 19th century.

Name:   Bierstadt, Albert  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1830 - 1902  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Label on stretcher from Schweitzer Gallery: ["Yosemite National Park"].  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Landscape  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   81.6  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts