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Accession Number:
2.60
Makers
Bierstadt, Albert
Descriptions
oil on canvas
Names
Painting
Subjects
Indian, Animal, Other, hunting
Date:
ca. 1888
Dimensions:
H: 60.25 in, width: 96.5 in, Frame height: 68.5 in, Frame width: 105.5 in
Title:
The Last of the Buffalo
Credit Line:
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase
Gloss:
With bleeding buffalo and bleached skulls in the foreground, the landscape artist Bierstadt represented the theme of wildlife vanishing from the wilderness. He made the shapes of distant mountains repeat the shapes of the main figures, thus underlining the interdependent relationships in nature. The Last of the Buffalo implies other endings.
Inscription:
LLC: ABierstadt
Publication:
Book: Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art; Institute of Western American Art, Denver; and the University of Washington Press, Seattle; 2007, page 75

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