Study of a Ewe
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.
- Artist: Albert Bierstadt, American, 1830-1902
- 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)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1990.101.2
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Albert Bierstadt (American, 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
- Catalogue Description: Light sketch of bearded man in profile at upper right.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)