Jon Crispin's Notebook

Albert Bierstadt

Posted in Architecture, Art, Buildings, History, Landscape, Nature, Travel, Water, Weather by joncrispin on 15/05/2012

I have always liked this painting.  Bierstadt was apparently quite the operator.  / I’ve been in DC the past few days and had the chance to spend a few hours at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  It is the best museum in a city full of great museums.  It shares the old patent office building with the National Portrait Gallery which in itself is pretty cool.  While there I got the chance to see some of the people that Peter Carroll and I worked with on the Lunder Conservation Center project, and had a really nice visit. /  Back to Massachusetts tomorrow and will mail out the next level of rewards for the suitcase backers.

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  1. Arnie said, on 15/05/2012 at 10:07 pm

    I had a print of that painting hanging in my apartment for many years.

  2. oceanic3 said, on 16/05/2012 at 12:25 am

    Love the shot – reminds me of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and Andre Keryesz’s photos in On Reading and also one of my favorite movies – Vertigo by Hitchcock – when we see Madeline on the bench in the museum staring at a painting. Back in the summer of 1976 – the bicentennial – I did an internship in the National Portrait Gallery, so it brings back a lot of memories. Thanks so much Jon, for taking us with you on your travels.

  3. Karen L Jessup said, on 16/05/2012 at 8:18 am

    Jace, If you admire Bierstadt, seek out the works of Thomas Moran. Similar genre and equally, grandly stunning.

  4. Jean Dotson said, on 10/07/2012 at 11:07 am

    This picture captures the truth of seeing a painting in real life. The small prints don’t tell you that the real painting in huge, and that it glows. I am always taken by the glow of the paintings of the great ones. Thank you for reminding me I need to go back to the museums.

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