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Study of a Ewe

Albert Bierstadt

American Art

In this detailed animal study, the landscape painter Albert Bierstadt used a combination of fine outlines and soft strokes to capture the woolly texture of a sheep’s full coat with palpable realism. Most likely executed on a summer sketching trip in the German countryside during Bierstadt’s years of study in Düsseldorf, the drawing is typical of his plein air nature studies, which provided the raw materials for his well-known monumental landscape paintings.
MEDIUM Black crayon and red and white chalk on blue-green, medium-weight, slightly textured laid paper.
DATES ca. 1855
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 10 9/16 x 14 1/16 in. (26.8 x 35.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Light sketch of bearded man in profile at upper right.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830-1902). Study of a Ewe, ca. 1855. Black crayon and red and white chalk on blue-green, medium-weight, slightly textured laid paper., Sheet: 10 9/16 x 14 1/16 in. (26.8 x 35.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1990.101.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.101.2_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1990.101.2_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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