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The Emigrants Crossing the Plains, an oil painting by the German American artist Albert Bierstadt, was created in 1867. It shows a breath-taking scene of the Oregon Trail at sunset.
The composition converges into the setting sun. All elements direct the viewer's eyes to that area of the canvas. The emigrants seem to be walking toward the bright light, along with a wagon, horses, cattle and other small animals. The bottom left corner in the foreground is taken by a fallen tree. The colors used on it are dark browns, the same as the ones used in the mountains on the right side of the picture.
These dark tones on the borders of the canvas create a frame for the scene. The emigrants are highlighted, as they are all covered in sunlight. On the left side of the composition, there are enormous trees. At first sight, they seem simple, regular-sized trees, but when in comparison to the tiny men walking the trail, we can see their magnitude.
The colors are of astonishing beauty. Bierstadt applied the Romantic contrast style in this painting, which consists in one light focus and a great deal of canvas’ area in shadow. The sun is almost white and the sky surrounding it an intense yellow, which turns to orange and, on the right border, turns dark grey and blue, for the sky is cloudy.
This is a subject which gave Bierstadt a significant amount of recognition. He was the most celebrated painter of Western American landscapes. In his lifetime, he became famous among the art buyers. His works were usually monumental and showed paradisiac sceneries. However, the most critical aspect of his artistic production is the political one. Maybe he would not have achieved so much if he were not depicting the American West during the 19th century, with the civil war and all that came along with it.
As the United States of America started the occupation of the American West, they needed as many people as possible to establish new cities there. With Bierstadt’s works, as people were amazed by the natural beauty their country held, they were encouraged to move to this new world of the West. Some historians say that Bierstadt influenced the Americans in their decision to move to this mesmerizing land, boosting the Westward Expansion.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Emigrants Crossing the Plains, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Emigrants Crossing the Plains 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 plastic 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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