Author name: Albert Bierstadt.
(1830, Dusseldorf, Germany – 1902, New York, USA). He was born in Germany, but he is known as American painter. In 1851 he began to paint in oils, and in 1853 went to Dusseldorf and studied four years in the academy there and in Rome. Returning to the United States in 1857. He was elected a member of the national academy in 1860, and has been awarded medals in Austria, Bavaria, Belgium, and Germany. In 1867 he was decorated with the cross of the legion of honor, and in 1869 with that of St. Stanislaus, of which he received also the second class in 1872. In 1882 his studio at Irvington, New York, was destroyed by fire, with many valuable pictures.