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Examine The Rockies Through The Eyes Of Albert Bierstadt

Bierstadt’s Estes Park, painted in 1877, is displayed in the Western Art Collection at the Denver Public Library.    Photo courtesy Estes Park Museum

Bierstadt’s Estes Park, painted in 1877, is displayed in the Western Art Collection at the Denver Public Library. Photo courtesy Estes Park Museum

On Saturday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. the Estes Park Museum will welcome Professor Eleanor Moseman to present The Sublime and the Beautiful in Albert Bierstadt’s Landscapes of the West.  The Museum is located at 200 Fourth Street in Estes Park.  The lecture and slideshow is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Albert Bierstadt, the German-born painter of the American West, is beloved in the state of Colorado for his artistic tribute to the awesome beauty of the Rocky Mountains. His famous mountain scenes originate in sketches that record his experiences of the Rockies during official expeditions in the 1860s, as well as his personal travels through the West that continued for three decades. The monumental paintings he derived from these sketched observations do more than replicate what he saw.

Drawing upon the Enlightenment-era concepts of the Sublime and the Picturesque, he enhanced nature’s beauty by infusing his painterly visions with terrific majesty and splendid tranquility. By representing the Rocky Mountains and scenes of the West within this framework, Bierstadt participated in a long tradition of philosophical approaches to landscape art that he and his Hudson River School colleagues knew from German Romanticism.

Professor Moseman teaches the history of modern art at Colorado State University. She completed her doctoral studies at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, specializing in early 20th-century visual arts of Central Europe. Her current research on German Expressionism and Czech Cubism has led her to pursue the connection between what these artists called “expression of the spirit” and philosophical themes prevalent in 19th century German Romanticism. Her interest in Bierstadt emerged from a course she taught on Landscape Art. She has also presented public lectures on various aspects of the landscape tradition in the modern period.

The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as present exhibits, programs and events, for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. For more information call the Estes Park Museum at 586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at www.estesnet.com/Museum.  The Museum is located at 200 4th Street and is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. through the month of April.  Admission is always free.

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