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Donner Lake from the Summit
Date: 1873
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 6 1/8 × 10 ft. 3/16 in. (183.2 cm × 3 m 5.3 cm) Framed: 6 ft. 8 3/8 in. × 10 ft. 8 1/4 in. × 3 1/2 in. (204.2 cm × 3 m 25.8 cm × 8.9 cm)
Description: Landscape which depicts the summit at which the Central Railroad reaches its highest passage over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California; Donner Lake is below the mountain range.
Credit Line: Gift of Archer Milton Huntington
Object Number: 1909.16
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Marks: signed: at lower left: "A. Bierstadt"

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This painting was commissioned by Collis P. Huntington, the railroad king. The scene was taken from a study made by Bierstadt on his trip to the West between the years 1871 to 1873. The painting is also titled "View of Donner Lake,California."

Bibliography:

Walther, Susan Danly, Guest Curator, The Railroad in the American Landscape: 1850-1950, Wellesley, MA: The Wellesley College Museum, April 15-June 8, 1981, p. 49.

Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. II, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 43, 45.

Anderson, Nancy K., Ferber, Linda S., Albert Bierstadt: Art & Exchange," New York: The Brooklyn Museum, in association with Hudson Hills Press, 1990, pp. 37-8, 58-9, 95-8, 220, 226-7.

Belli, Gabriella, Giocomoni, Paula, Cavina, Anna Ottani, Montagna: Arte, scienza, mito da Durer a Warhol, Milan, Italy: Skira, 2003, p. 358.

Murphy, Kevin Michael, Economics of Style: The Business Practices of American Artists and the Structure of the Market, 1850-1910, PhD Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, September 2005, pp. 153-4, 163-5, 172, 201, 204-5, 207.

Bugard, Timothy Anglin, General Editor, Masterworks of American Painting at the De Young, San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2005, pp. 121-4

Exhibitions:

"Albert Bierstadt," Amon Carter Museum (January 1972)

"Albert Bierstadt," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Nov 16, 1972 - Jan 3, 1973)

"The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920," NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 3/15/91-7/7/91.

"Lost and Found: Landscape in American Painting," Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, September 27, 1997-January 4, 1998.

"Pacific Arcadia: Images of California, 1600-1915," Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford, CA, April 20, 1999-October 17, 1999.

"From Open Space to Empty Space. American Vision of Space, 1825-2000, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 14, 2001-January 15, 2002.

"Selections from the Collection of Luman Reed," New-York Historical Society, January 1, 2001-June 15, 2002.

"The Course of Empire: Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School Landscape Tradition, Selections from the New-York Historical Society," New York State Museum, Albany, NY, August 23-November 30, 2003.

"Mountain: From Leonardo to Beuys between Science and Art," Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy, December 19-April 17, 2004.

"Nature and the American Vision," New-York Historical Society, March 13, 2005-January 25, 2008.

Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, April 17, 2008-January 10, 2009.
"Nature and the American Vision," New-York Historical Society, April 19, 2009-July 12, 2009.

"Expanding Horizons: American and Canadian Painting and Photography, 1860-1918," Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Montreal, Canada, June 18, 2009-January 17, 2010.