The Old Mill is a painting made in 1855 by Albert Bierstadt. The artist was at this time studying in Germany to refine his techniques. Being part of a German family that moved to the United States of America when Bierstadt was one year old, he had no difficulties with the language during the four years of studies.
As he got to Europe, in 1853 at the age of 23, he intended on entering in the Dusseldorf School of Painting but didn’t get in. The American painter Thomas Worthington Whittredge, who also lived in Dusseldorf and studied at the School of Painting, became his teacher during his stay in the country.
Bierstadt took the opportunity that Europe provides for easy traveling, for the distances are far smaller than the ones in America. He made several small-scale paintings as he visited the Alps in Switzerland, and Italy for example. Later he would transfer these into large canvases in his studio. After Bierstadt got back to the United States of America, his works were celebrated as part of the best landscape paintings of the time.
The painting The Old Mill shows a European scene of a very simple house, with a water mill on its side. The house is under a majestic tree, which is twice as tall as the construction. The foreground is taken by the creek as if the painter was standing inside of it. The waters of the river have a small waterfall-like structure right in front of the house. The water mill has a connection to the stream right after this structure.
The color palette in the foreground is composed of dark browns and greens. This dialogues with the treetops, which present a similar color palette. The smoke that comes from the chimney connects the house to the sky and makes the sensation of the trees referencing the clouds even stronger.
Differently, from what is usually seen in landscapes, Bierstadt painted The Old Mill in a vertical canvas. However, many elements give the composition a horizontal aspect. The road which goes to the distance in the center of the painting, for example. The river is another element that gives the same effect.
The sky is full of clouds and their texture dialogs with the one of the trees. Both these elements, trees and clouds, make the house look even more modest. This is probably a scene Bierstadt came across while wondering around Germany.
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