Painted in 1866, the work Sunset in the Rockies shows a paradisiac scenario, rendering a sunset at the Rocky Mountains, in the American West. The artist, Albert Bierstadt, became one of the most successful painters of that time. His achievements were a great deal due to the way he embellished the country’s real landscapes.
Sunset in the Rockies is a great example of the light treatment that Bierstadt used in his paintings. It’s a majestic light that reaches every corner of the composition. While the sun is setting in the bottom left of the canvas, its orange shades are reflected on every element: on the mountains on both sides, on the trees in the middle horizontal line, on the water in the bottom of the composition and especially on the vegetation in the foreground. This last element shows spots of very clear, almost white reflections, which makes the sunlight even more striking.
With a very advanced technic, he managed to erase almost any sign of brush strokes. It’s interesting to think that the Impressionist movement was contemporary to Bierstadt. Meaning that at the same time and even in the same country – with not as much power as in Europe, but still very present – artists were painting with great fidelity to what was visible of the natural sunlight and, instead of hiding the signs of the brush, they embraced them.
The palette used here by Bierstadt is composed mainly by shades of brown tending to the orange of the sunset. The actual sun can be seen as a white detail in the sky, hiding behind one of the Rocky Mountains. There are several clouds here, but still, some blue was added by the artist. These clouds help the light effect become somewhat astonishing, as this color, blue, and orange are complementary, both become more vibrant in each other’s presence, which, in this case, means the whole painting is more dynamic.
Albert Bierstadt is one of the main representatives of the Rocky Mountain School, along with Thomas Moran. This school of art emphasized the natural riches of the United States of America. When this painting was made, the West was still a very young part of the country. This paradisiac way of representing a real American landscape had the power to add value to the concept the citizens had of their country.
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