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This breath-taking picture entitled California Sunset is a painting by the German-born artist Albert Bierstadt, and it was made in 1864. It shows a magnificent sunset landscape by the banks of a river.
At first glance, the scenery seems to include an island on the left side of the canvas. After a more attentive look, it becomes clear that it is the other riverside. The trees that grow there were painted against the setting sun. Therefore, the color palette used by Bierstadt on this elements is of dark greens and browns.
The impression this gives the viewer is that these trees are massive. They stand together in a way that doesn’t allow sunlight to go through, making them resemble a construction. The several pine treetops make them look like a castle. As Bierstadt went to Germany at the age 23 to improve his artistic techniques, he practiced by painting the European landscapes which frequently included castles and old constructions. Maybe this influenced in some way the composition created in the California Sunset.
Bierstadt is best known for his series of works depicting the American West. He was a pioneer with the western subject and applied the Romanticism style combined with the aesthetic ideals of the Hudson River School in his mesmerizing landscape paintings. Founded by the British American artist Thomas Cole, the Hudson River group, at least in the beginning, included painters that admired the natural scenery of the United States of America. The first works of this school were of the surrounding areas of the Hudson River, but later it included landscapes of New England, South America, and the American West.
As the landscape artworks found in the United States during Bierstadt’s lifetime were predominantly of the American East scenery, for the Westward Expansion was very recent and still ongoing, his renderings of the newly discovered West were extremely impressive for his contemporaries. Even today they are mesmerizing, but at the time they were so innovative that Bierstadt became a celebrity.
His technical mastery aligned with the exceptional beauty of the United States gave him an enormous recognition which allowed Bierstadt to continue till old age to travel around beautiful and distant lands to paint new beautiful canvases. Here in the California Sunset, we can see how well Bierstadt could manipulate the color palette, making a simple sunset look considerably magical.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of California Sunset, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of California Sunset that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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