Sunrise, Yosemite Valley

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)

Object Details

  • ca. 1870
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:
  • 36 1/2 X 52 3/8
  • Accession Number:
  • 1966.1
  • Artwork Credits:
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Object Description

Educator Resources

Essential Questions

  • How do artists create depth, light, and texture in landscape paintings?
  • How do landscape artists provide viewers a sense of scale in their artworks?
  • Which natural places in the United States attract artists and tourists? Why are they popular destinations?
  • Why do you think paintings and photographs of the American west were crucial in the government’s move to create national parks?
  • How have American landscape paintings changed over time?

Suggested Activities (4th–6th grade)

Write a letter home from the perspective of someone seeing this landscape for the first time. Be sure that you describe the setting so that your reader can visualize the place clearly. Include information about how you imagine the land being used, or not used, in the future.

Suggested Activities (1st–5th grade)

Create a postcard. On the front of a piece of paper, draw your favorite part of the landscape. On the back, write about the adventures you experienced during your “visit” to this valley.

Suggested Activities (4th–8th grade)

Research the role artists played in documenting the west and how their artworks were integral to establishment of national parks.

Location: On View
Part of: Paintings