The oil painting Long’s Peak, Estes Park, Colorado was made in 1876 by the German-born artist Albert Bierstadt. It is a sample of the painter’s mature production, and it differs a little from the marvelous light treatment he applied to most of his paintings. The scene we see here seems incredibly realistic.
This picture is one of the few that Bierstadt rendered in which the proportion between ground and sky are two-thirds on the bottom and only one-third is taken by the sky. His works usually depict a magnificent cloudy sky, through which we can see the sunbeams. The effect is a scenery that seems magical.
In the foreground, there is a sloping terrain covered in grass and big rocks. On the right side, there are some pine-trees. On the left side of the canvas, we can see a pine-forest which continues into the distance, onto the other riverbank. The water of this river reflects the clear blue of the sky.
On the background, we can see a mountain with snow peaks. The white of the snow is the brightest spot in the composition. It dialogues with the few clouds that we can see in the upper right corner of the picture.
Bierstadt was often criticized because of his idyllic renderings, but he was very successful selling his pieces. The American landscapes gained an attractive interpretation, which pleased the art buyers of the time. In the specific case of Bierstadt’s renderings of the American West, the creation of mesmerizing landscapes had an essential role in the Westward Expansion.
As the surveying excursions to the West started, there were not many people that were willing to venture themselves in such a wild and unfamiliar land. Bierstadt’s works made the Wild West seem at least less unknown and probably very appealing with its astonishing natural beauties.
In 1853 the artist moved to Germany to learn from the artists of the Düsseldorf School of Painting, who were strongly influenced by the Romanticism. This means that Bierstadt was able to refine his landscape painting techniques and became a master in composition, for his paintings are all in perfect balance. To achieve this, he sometimes made changes in the real appearance of the landscapes. The artist saw what would work better for the composition and made the necessary adjustments.
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