Much of the landscape in this part of the country had a sort of mystical, magical, grand quality and Bierstadt totally gets that with Island Lake.
|Bierstadt, Albert 33|
|oil on canvas 335|
|H: 26.5 in, width: 40.5 in, Frame height: 39.125 in, Frame width: 53.125 in, frame depth: 5 in|
|Island Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming|
|Museum Purchase. The Board of Trustees dedicates this painting to Mr. Wiley T. Buchanan III in recognition of his faithful service as Chairman of the Whitney Gallery of Western Art Advisory Board of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 2005-2009.|
|In 1859, Bierstadt accompanied an expedition led by Colonel Frederick Lander to the Wind River Mountains. Making oil studies and taking stereographic photographs, Bierstadt brought back to New York his first western imagery. Island Lake features the recessive planes, meticulous brushwork, and highly polished surface texture characteristic of Bierstadt's work at this time.|