Albert Bierstadt

by Gordon Hendricks. Abrams, in association with the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, $35.00. When Mr. Hendricks needed information about Bierstadt, he found that no book existed on that once popular, later neglected painter of vastly detailed acres of western scenery. He has therefore written a good one himself. He makes adroit use of contemporary letters and documents and takes what is, for the biographer of an artist, an exceptionally moderate stand; he does not claim that Bierstadt was the greatest thing since Rembrandt. He does claim that Bierstadt was, at his best, a good painter who deserves the current revival of interest in his work. Fine illustrations, bibliography, index.