Albert Bierstadt, 1873 - The Grizzly Giant Sequoia, Mariposa Grove, California - fine art print

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Original artwork specifications from Los Angeles County Museum of Art website (© Copyright - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

In May 1863 Bierstadt and the writer Fitz Hugh Ludlow left New York for the artist’s second trip through the West. Their principal objective was to capture the beauty of Yosemite Valley, which the photographs of Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) had revealed to astonished New Yorkers in 1862. In a drawing room in San Francisco in August, on the eve of their departure for the final leg of their journey there, they again gazed at Watkins’s photographs. Shortly before reaching Yosemite, they and other artist-companions -- Enoch Wood Perry (1831-1915) and Virgil Williams (1830-1886) of San Francisco -- paused near Mariposa to sketch the big trees. Although the museum’s painting was not executed until about ten years later, it should not be surprising that in it Bierstadt borrowed the subject and vantage point of one of Watkins’s early photographs of the Grizzly Giant Sequoia. The size of the museum’s painting indicates that it was not one of the oil sketches Bierstadt made that day. All of his sketches from that trip were fourteen by nineteen inches or smaller. Bierstadt did not employ the twenty-two-by-thirty-inch sheet until 1872, and then only for oil sketches painted in the studio. The museum’s painting probably dates from Bierstadt’s residence in San Francisco (1871-73). It may be visible in a photograph probably taken in 1873 of the artist’s studio, where it hangs on the wall among rows of studio sketches (Hendricks, Bierstadt, CL-6). Bierstadt often painted the big California trees. He exhibited such paintings in 1874 at the National Academy of Design and the Royal Academy. The Grizzly Giant still stands in Mariposa Grove. The huge tree, to the left of center in the painting, was 28 feet wide and 209 feet high. Equally impressive was the giant’s age, estimated at twenty-five hundred years, a span of time going back to the kings of the Old Testament. Bierstadt may have used the museum’s painting as a study for his ten-foot-high California Redwoods, painted in about 1875 (private collection). In that painting he corrected the Grizzly Giant’s leaning, noticeable in the oil study. Intended as a record for the artist’s later use, these studies have a fresh realism often sacrificed to dramatic effect in the finished exhibition paintings.

The 19th century piece of art The Grizzly Giant Sequoia, Mariposa Grove, California was made by Albert Bierstadt. The 140 years old work of art has the dimensions - 29 13/16 × 21 5/16 in (75,72 × 54,13 cm). Oil on paper mounted on board was used by the North American painter as the technique for the masterpiece. Furthermore, the piece of art belongs to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's art collection, which is located in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. The modern art public domain artpiece is being supplied with courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( . Moreover, alignment is portrait and has a side ratio of 1 : 1.4, which implies that the length is 29% shorter than the width. The painter Albert Bierstadt was a North American artist, whose artistic style can mainly be classified as Romanticism. The artist lived for 72 years, born in the year 1830 in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and deceased in the year 1902 in Irving, Chautauqua county, New York state, United States.

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Brief overview of the artist

Name: Albert Bierstadt
Aliases: Bierstadt Albert, Albert Bierstadt, Bierstadt
Artist gender: male
Nationality of artist: American
Professions of the artist: painter
Country of origin: United States
Classification of the artist: modern artist
Styles: Romanticism
Lifespan: 72 years
Year born: 1830
Town of birth: Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Year died: 1902
Died in (place): Irving, Chautauqua county, New York state, United States

Background information on the original artpiece

Title of the artwork: "The Grizzly Giant Sequoia, Mariposa Grove, California"
Classification of the artwork: painting
Category: modern art
Temporal classification: 19th century
Created in the year: 1873
Age of artwork: over 140 years old
Artwork original medium: oil on paper mounted on board
Original size (artwork): 29 13/16 × 21 5/16 in (75,72 × 54,13 cm)
Museum / location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Place of museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Website: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Artwork license type: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

Item background data

Article type: art copy
Method of reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Manufaturing technique: UV direct print
Production: German production
Stock type: on demand production
Proposed product use: wall decoration, home design
Alignment of the image: portrait alignment
Image aspect ratio: (length : width) 1 : 1.4
Image ratio meaning: the length is 29% shorter than the width
Material options: acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print, poster print (canvas paper)
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) size options: 50x70cm - 20x28"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 50x70cm - 20x28"
Poster print (canvas paper): 50x70cm - 20x28"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material) size variants: 50x70cm - 20x28"
Art print framing: without frame

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