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The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak

The monumental oil painting The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak was made by Albert Bierstadt in 1863. This is his masterpiece.

After his travel through the West with a government survey expedition led by Frederick W. Lander, he rendered this paradisiac sight. In the foreground, there’s a field with a Shoshone tribe. Bierstadt depicted a moment in the daily routine of this native American people. In the Background, we can see the mountain range of the Rocky Mountains. This particular peak was dubbed by Bierstadt to honor the leader of the expedition: Lander’s peak.

We can see the artist used many of the colors of the sky palette to paint the mountains. This is a technique called aerial perspective and is frequently used by the artists of the Hudson River School, of which Bierstadt was also part. The effect this technique gave to this landscape is one of magnificence. The people seem insignificant next to such beautiful and monumental elements.

The water of the river, in the middle of the canvas, reflects a waterfall almost at the center of it. On the left of the picture, there is a forest. On the other side of the river, we can see another forest. These two areas with the same color palette give harmony to the composition. It is believed that Bierstadt painted an idealization of this place, for the composition is incredibly well balanced.

Born in a German family, Bierstadt went back to Germany in 1853 to attend the Düsseldorf Academy. However, he did not get accepted. This did not stop him from refining his techniques while in Europe. He became the pupil of the American painter Thomas Worthington Whittredge who was part of the Academy.

As Bierstadt returned to America, he went on a journey through the American West. During the trip, he made several small sketches of the landscapes he came across. These served as models for enormous canvases he painted in the following years, such as this one.

Albert Bierstadt was good with self-promotion. Proof of that is the reception this painting got at the time it was first shown. Bierstadt invited a little more than a thousand people to the vernissage of a one painting show in which he would display The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak. A thousand showed up. He sold it for an incredible amount for the time: twenty-five thousand dollars.

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The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak Albert Bierstadt

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