Looking up the Yosemite Valley, California is a painting by the German American artist Albert Bierstadt. It is one of the few works of the artist that show human figures in the composition. It was painted between the years of 1965 and 1967.
As one of the first artists to travel to the American West, Bierstadt’s paintings were the first idea that most Americans had of the West. It might be partly due to this artist and because of the marvelously rendered Western landscapes, done with great technical mastery, that the Westward Expansion accelerated in the middle of the 19th century.
This painting is only one of the many that Bierstadt made of the Yosemite Valley. As usual, he painted this natural scenery as something almost magical. The treatment he gave to the sunlight seems out of a dream. The composition shows a field of yellowish grass, in which there are two areas with water, which might be a river and a lake. In the right side of the canvas, there is a waterfall that starts on top of a mountain and ends behind trees.
The foreground of the painting is being shadowed by the clouds, whereas the background is sunlit. The bottom left corner shows rocks that repeat the shapes of the mountains on the opposite upper corner. This gives balance to the composition. On the bottom border, we can see several fragments of trees, as if they fell there a long time before, and nature has already turned them into pieces.
Almost in the center of the canvas, we can see someone sitting down on a rock and a horse grazing. This person is probably a man, as the exploration journeys to the new West were usually made by men alone. It looks like this man is drawing the mesmerizing view.
In the clearer part of the meadow, in the left side of the canvas, there is a group of men. Some are still riding their horses, and some are walking next to them. These are probably the people with whom Bierstadt was traveling during the Westward Expansion journeys.
The palette used on the sky is very similar to the one the painter used in the mountains. This technic serves to create a more significant impression of depth. That, added to the light treatment, which washes over the elements that are sunlit, is what gives the paradisiac atmosphere to the landscape.
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