One of the most famous American landscape painters of the 19th century. The representative of neo-romanticism, portrayed in his paintings the Wild West and Indians. Treated School the Hudson river.
A year after his birth the family moved to America. Later traveled to Europe, especially to Italy. Made many drawings of the Alps.
In 1859, participating in the geodetic survey in the expedition of the corps of the army of the United States, first visited the Rocky mountains. During the expedition he completed many drawings and daguerreotypes, which was later used as blanks to create their landscapes. The scenery Bierstadt skillfully used the effect of light and shadow.