Lake Lucerne, Switzerland painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1858. The painting went lost to art experts for over a century after being sold at an estate sale in 1882. It was rediscovered in a home in Exeter, Rhode Island in 1990; the current owner had no idea of its background. It now hangs in the National Gallery in Washington DC.
Bierstadt, born in Germany in 1830, later traveled to the United States where he became famous for his paintings of the American West. The Lake Lucerne painting previews many of the themes of his later American paintings.