The Emerald Pool

Albert Bierstadt1870/1870

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

Whenever Albert Bierstadt unveiled one of his gigantic paintings, it was a spectacular event. City audiences flocked to see paintings like The Emerald Pool, one of his largest canvases, which shows off New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Curtains and elaborate frames added theatrical grandeur to his exhibitions, and visitors brought opera glasses to study minute details. Although Bierstadt crisscrossed America to sketch its natural wonders from life, he often exaggerated scale in his paintings, indulging viewers’ taste for a thrilling vision of nature.


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  • Title: The Emerald Pool
  • Creator: Albert Bierstadt
  • Date: 1870/1870
  • Location Created: Mount Washington, NH, United States
  • Provenance: The artist; [Leland Stanford, San Francisco?]; A. T. Stewart, New York, until 1887; Charles M. Atkins, New York; Roy Carruthers, New York and Detroit; [Allien & Co.?; private collection, San Francisco?]; Hirschl & Adler Gallery, New York, by 1968; Huntington Hartford, New York, 1971; [private collection, Taylor, Texas?]; M. Knoedler Co., New York; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to The Chrysler Museum, 1989.
  • Physical Dimensions: 76 1/2 x 119 in. (194.3 x 302.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas