Painting and Nature Preservation: Yosemite National Park
Landscape painting also played a role in the preservation of Yosemite.
Although Yosemite became a park before Yellowstone, it was not the first national park. Congress originally gave Yosemite to the state of California as a state park.
Yosemite did not become a national park until 1890.
Albert Bierstadt, The Valley of the Yosemite, Undated, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha