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The Lander peak (3'185 m) is a mountain of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. The mountain is famous, to be depicted on the landscape oil painting by the German-American painter Albert Bierstadt.

 

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan.
Part of the artwork "Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak".
(Oil on canvas, 186.7 x 306.7 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

The artwork by Albert Bierstadt (finished 1863) is the major work that resulted from the artist's first trip to the West.

In spring 1859, he accompanied a government survey expedition, headed by Colonel Frederick W. Lander. By summer, the party had reached the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. Bierstadt dubbed the central mountain in the panoramic picture is Lander's Peak in following the colonel's death in the Civil War.

The artwork does not show a real landscape and the real Lander Peak does not looks quite the soaring summit in this painting. The artist sketched his subjects during the trip on the locations and composited them, from the numerous sketches he had collected while on the expedition in his studio in New York.

 

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