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The oil painting Day’s Beginning was beautifully painted by Albert Bierstadt in the year of 1856. This was made while the artist was studying painting techniques in Dusseldorf, Germany. There he refined his skills as a landscape artist following the style of the Romanticism. The goal for Bierstadt was to paint nature with an idealized reality.
This particular work shows a river in the center of the canvas, a forest that extends to the distance, and on the top of a hill, there is a construction that is most likely a castle. In the central point of the canvas, there is a building with a tower, which could be a church.
Even though the tower occupies the most important area of the canvas, it is an insignificant element and could go unnoticed by the viewer. The color that Bierstadt used on it, however, dialogues with the color of the subtle smoke coming out of the forest and then with the river.
The composition is tight together by this three elements, for they connect the sky which occupies half of the canvas, and the foreground, which is where the river guides our eyes. As this is the central movement of the composition, the carriage on the bottom left corner is hardly noticeable, even though it is bigger than the church in the distance. In the foreground, there is a majestic tree that, with its shadow, occupies almost the entire right side of the canvas. The light he used in the composition is very bright and makes the river seem like a mirror.
This is probably one of the last works Bierstadt did before he went back to the United States of America. He shows a very refined technique and a mastery of composition. This two elements made Bierstadt incredibly successful in America, for he gave this treatment of romantic landscapes to Western America. The West had not been rendered before in the history of the United States, for the Westward Expansion had started only fifty years before.
Bierstadt continued painting the European landscapes throughout his life. He got prizes in Germany, Austria and Belgian for the works he did there, but also for his American landscapes. These were the reason he was able to continue going to this countries during his whole life: the wealth he made with his Western American landscapes.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Day's Beginning, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Day's Beginning 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
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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