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The Buffalo Trail

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During both his trips to the western United States, in 1859 and 1863, Bierstadt observed and sketched the American buffalo (actually bison) that dominated the rolling grasslands from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. In The Buffalo Trail, made after his second trip in 1863, Bierstadt...

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Lower right: ABierstadt [AB in monogram]


After 1867, probably owned in England (the label of an English picture restorer is attached to the back of the canvas). By 1947, private collector, New York; Feb. 26-7, 1947, Anonymous Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 64; 1947, with Charles D. Childs, Boston; 1947, sold by Charles D. Childs to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

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Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

about 1867


80.96 x 121.92 cm (31 7/8 x 48 in.)

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Oil on canvas