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Sunset On The Mountain

The painting Sunset on the Mountain, painted by Albert Bierstadt is a depiction of a Western American landscape. Coming from the distance, on the right side of the canvas, is a herd of buffalos. There’s a lake near the foreground which reflects the buffalos and the sun.

The color palette used by Bierstadt in this work is a variety of oranges and browns. Very few green was used on the vegetation. The two trees in the foreground, on the left side of the canvas, were rendered with a darker shade of brown and green, for they stand against the setting sun.

In Sunset on the Mountain Bierstadt painted the sun as a small, white sphere in the sky. This differs from his regular representation of the sun, which is usually hidden behind clouds. By depicting a cloudy sky, the artist can give the light a romantic effect, for he can paint the sunbeams breaking through the clouds.

Bierstadt was sometimes criticized, because of the way he painted the light. He was accused of making the landscapes look too perfect, with a light that bordered the divine. In this picture that can be seen in the orange color that all elements reflect.

Born in Germany, Bierstadt was raised in the United States of America. In 1959 he went on an expedition to explore the American West. He took with him some of his art materials so that he could sketch the newly discovered landscapes, which he would later, in his studio in New York, transform into monumental oil paintings.

As the Western sceneries had never been depicted before, Bierstadt’s canvases were appealing to the American public not only because of the mesmerizing technique but also for its subject: a new part of the country, with all its beauties, like the ones depicted in the Sunset on the Mountain. Wild animals like the buffalos, lakes, and rivers, vast fields of green grass. And all of this was part of their country.

Bierstadt sold many of his paintings for significant amounts of money. He achieved professional success and was able to live a comfortable life. Most of his fellow artists from the Hudson River School also painted incredibly beautiful landscapes, but Bierstadt had the differential of painting for the first time the paradisiac lands of the American West.

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Sunset On The Mountain Albert Bierstadt

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