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Rocky Mountain Landscape 1870

The Rocky Mountains Landscape was beautifully painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1870. It is a sample of one of his main subjects. The Rocky Mountains, in particular, is one that granted him a lot of fame, helping him become something close to a celebrity, back in the 19th century.

Having study landscape painting in Germany, which is his actual homeland, for he moved to the United States of America when he was one year old, Bierstadt had developed an incredibly realistic technique, mixed with a Romantic light which made the landscapes look even more astonishing than they already were.

In The Rocky Mountains Landscape, Bierstadt rendered a lake in the middle of the mountain range. On the left side of the canvas, there’s a piece of land that looks almost like an island. It has several trees on it which seem small in comparison to the mountains surrounding them. In the foreground, we can see a pair of deer. These stand at the level of the waters, whereas the point of view of the painter, and consequently also of the viewer, is higher. Bierstadt was probably up on a hill while he did the sketches for this particular work.

There is a rock on the left side of the picture. Its shape dialogues with the snowy peak on the upper right corner of the canvas. The composition is divided into two very contrasting color palettes. The one used for the field, plants and the two animals is a dark brownish palette. The rest of the painting like the water, the mountains, and the sky are all very bright.

A technique used in many of Bierstadt’s works, as well as the other painters from the Luminism movement, is the aerial perspective, which means the sky palette is applied to the more distant objects, to make them appear further away. In this canvas the effect achieved by the use of this technique is evident: it gives the scenery a magical atmosphere. It seems to be out of a fairytale or a biblical passage.

As a consequence, Bierstadt’s works have a nationalist side to them, for the rendering of real American landscapes in such a mesmerizing way had its effects in the mind of the Americans. It must have been easier to be a proud American, after seeing the beautiful landscapes Bierstadt depicted.

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Rocky Mountain Landscape 1870 Albert Bierstadt

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