Monday, September 8, 2008

USA Albert Bierstadt FDC

Name: Albert Bierstadt - American Treasures Series
Date of Issue: 14 August 2008

Albert Bierstadt (January 8, 1830 - February 18, 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.

Bierstadt was part of the Hudson River School, not an institution but rather an informal group of like-minded painters. The Hudson River School style involved carefully detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes called luminism. More...

On August 14, 2008, in Hartford, Connecticut, the Postal Service™ issued a 42–cent, Albert Bierstadt commemorative stamp, designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.

For this eighth issuance in the American Treasures stamp series, art director Derry Noyes used "Valley of the Yosemite", an 1864 oil–on–paperboard painting by Albert Bierstadt. It belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Comment: The issue city of this set was in Hartford, Connecticut. My friend sent this FDC from Hartford, but I don't know whether they hadn't used a first day cancellation, because this FDC was only cancelled by local postmark.

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