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Albert Bierstadt and the Lure of the West

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Easterners heard many stories about the dangers of traveling to the American west. Accounts of the great American desert as an almost impossible place to cross caused many to rethink leaving home. Albert Bierstadt and painters of the Hudson River School traveled the west and sent back their impressions of the landscape and wildlife.

Albert Bierstadt and the Lure of the West

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The Last of the Buffalo, (painting)

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Yosemite Valley, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Yosemite, (painting)

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Gates of the Yosemite

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Wind River Country, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Rocky Mountains, "Lander's Peak," (painting)

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Sunset Grand Tetons, (painting)

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Indians in Council, California

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Old Faithful, (painting)

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Among the Sierra Nevada, California

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