Albert Bierstadt

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Albert Bierstadt
1830-1902
Butterfly
1882
Opaque watercolor on paper.
4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (121 x 197 mm)
Gift of James and Katherine Goodman.
2014.3
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James and Katherine Goodman.
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The present work belongs to a group of drawings depicting butterflies created by the landscape painter Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902). He created these works to entertain guests at his New York residence and provide them with a souvenir of their visit. He applied daubs of bright oil paint on a sheet of paper and then folded the sheet in half to transfer the paint and create a symmetrical image that resembled a butterfly.

Associated names: 

Goodman, James, former owner.
Goodman, Katherine, former owner.

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