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Albert Bierstadt painted the Sunset in The Yosemite Valley in 1868. Like most of his works, this masterpiece, a rendering of a valley in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in California, was painted using the sketches that Bierstadt did while on one of the excursions he took part in, through the Western United States of America. During the trip, he made quick, colorful, small sized paintings of the landscapes and during the following years, created monumental canvases based on them.
Other artists were also fascinated by the natural beauty of the Yosemite Valley, which was the first area of natural preservations created in the United States, in 1864. Thomas Hill and Albert Bierstadt are the two painters, however, that made the most significant number of depictions of this paradisiac land. It is said that Bierstadt’s paintings were of enormous importance to the creation of this park, for the president of the time, Abraham Lincoln, signed the bill of land protection having only these masterpieces as samples of the valley’s charm.
Sunset in the Yosemite Valley fully illustrates the painting technique Bierstadt mastered. He was part of the Luminist group, which were American painters who rendered the mesmerizing landscapes of their country using no evidence of brushstrokes, an incredible light effect, and aerial perspective. This particular work shows all of these characteristics.
What we see is a sunset in which the sun is hidden behind one of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The river, in the middle of the valley, but in the right side of the composition, shows an undulating shape, giving a more dynamic movement to the structure of the piece. In contrast with the dark color palette of the borders of the canvas, the waters of the river reflect a yellowish, almost white, light.
The clouds are lower than the peaks of the mountains, increasing the sensation of a heavenly scenario. The effect of sunbeams coming through the clouds with a lot of chiaroscuri – a widespread technique in the Baroque period, in which the artist exaggerates the tonal contrast between the light and dark – also gives a divine sensation to the landscape. It seems an image of God would go well with the rest of the elements.
The composition of this landscape is vertical. This effect comes from the elements of the trees and the mountains. Given the sharp contrast of tones, the trees become a powerful item in the composition, which is intensified by the interaction with the mountains.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Sunset In The Yosemite Valley, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Sunset In The Yosemite Valley that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
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