Sunrise is one of the landscapes painted by Albert Bierstadt. The place which inspired this composition is unknown, just as the date in which it was made. Most famous for his renderings of the Western United States of America, this canvas might be one out of this series. As Bierstadt traveled along in many surveying expeditions, exploring the newly discovered West, the artist very likely camped out, and would easily be able to capture such a moment in nature.
Even though all of his works are landscapes, he developed everything in his studio. The outdoor work was limited to making quick, sometimes colorful, sketches of the view. This way of working was shared with his fellow artists from the Hudson River School, which was an informal group of painters, who had a similar conception of art. Some of them are William Mason Brown, John William Casilear, and Thomas Moran. Bierstadt was one of the most famous American painters of his time, managing to build some wealth and live a comfortable life.
With romantic influences, the Hudson River School artists made great masterpieces inspired by the American natural beauty. The Hudson River, which gave its name to the group, was a place where these artists would meet to make sketches. They shared their painting interests focused on landscapes, as well as aesthetic conceptions. They all painted smoothly, with non-apparent brushstrokes, and gave a magic effect to the light. The use of aerial perspective was frequent, which meant they worked with the sky palette over distant elements to provide more depth to the work. Which gave the paintings a great aesthetic.
In this particular painting, Bierstadt depicted a river, which takes over almost all bottom of the canvas, with the exception on the left corner, where there’s a river bank. In the right corner, we can see a dead tree floating in the river. Its color is of a dark shaded brown, which balances the heavyweight the sky has in this composition, for it takes two-thirds of the whole painting.
The branches of the trees closer to the foreground are pointing to the centralized sun, which can be seen reflected in the waters of the river. In the upper part of the canvas, the sky is a light blue and shows some small clouds, which also reflect the sun.
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