Scenery in the Grand Tetons
By Albert Bierstadt
This mountain landscape acquired its title, naming the Tetons, after Bierstadt’s lifetime, and it could more properly be called a generalized Western mountain panorama. The juxtaposition of water and sheer mountain heights and the theatrical deployment of storm clouds and slanting light are characteristic of Bierstadt’s style.
For Laurance Rockefeller who acquired this painting in the 1960s and added it to the historic furnishings of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion it was a reminder of his family’s long loyalty to Grand Teton National Park, and the preservation of the mountains, lake and valley in that spectacularly beautiful and dramatic part of the West.
Oil, canvas. 74x109 cm
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, MABI 2843