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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