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The Last of the Buffalo, Albert Bierstadt

circa 1888
oil on canvas
60.25 × 96.5 in (153 × 245.1 cm)
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Whitney Gallery of Western Art Collection
Accession number 2.60
Credit line Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase
Notes With bleeding buffalo and bleached skulls in the foreground, the landscape artist Bierstadt represented the theme of wildlife vanishing from the wilderness. He made the shapes of distant mountains repeat the shapes of the main figures, thus underlining the interdependent relationships in nature. The Last of the Buffalo implies other endings.

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