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Keywords:Albert Bierstadt, Bret Harte, California Spring, Glenn Franco Simmons, de Young Museum
Albert Bierstadt

California Spring, Albert Bierstadt

"Born in Germany, {Albert Bierstadt} was brought to the United States at the age of one by his parents. He later returned to study painting for several years in Dusseldorf. He became part of the Hudson River School in New York, an informal group of like-minded painters who started painting along this scenic river.

"Their style was based on carefully detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes called luminism. An important interpreter of the western landscape, Bierstadt, along with Thomas Moran, is also grouped with the Rocky Mountain School."