Bierstadt Paintings

Realism, Naturalism

Paintings Reproductions Bierstadt, Albert The Oregon Trail , 1869
Bierstadt Paintings 1830 - 1902  Germany, Hudson Rriver School

The Oregon Trail , 1869

Oil on canvas

Butler Institute of American Art

Mountain and Forest Paintings

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OIL PAINTING:  The Oregon Trail , 1869

      In The Oregon Trail Bierstadt depicts a band of emigrants in a spectacular allegory of westward expansion. Under a dramatic orange-red sky the travelers trek into the western sun, which tinges the high cliffs as it sets beyond a grove of ancient trees. They pass animal bones and a broken stove which testify to previous unlucky travelers. Native American tepees in the distance are reminders of a constant menace.