(1830 - 1902)
Albert Bierstadt b. 1830 Germany d. 1902 NYC, New York When still a baby, his family came to America settling in Massachusetts.
In 1853 he went back to Germany to study at the Royal Academy, then traveling throughout Europe, returning to the U.S. in 1857. By 1858 he was able to mount an exhibit at the National Academy of Design and in 1859 established a studio in New York City, also beginning numerous travels West and abroad. He became one of the most famous and successful late 19th-century painters of American western landscapes. Bierstadt created grandiose, dramatic oil scenes of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevadas that lured many people to visit those sites.
He was also one of the first artists to use a camera to record landscape views. paraphrased from AskArt