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A common thread among the painters of the Hudson River School is that, although most of them based their paintings on travels taken personally, they portray landscapes that don’t actually exist as they are represented, but that are instead profoundly altered by the artist to fit their aesthetic sensibilities, in accordance with the concept of the picturesque. Such penchant was inspired not only by its proposer, the British art theorist William Gilpin but for some successful early adopters, such as the wildly famous J. W. M. Turner, known as the painter of light.
In keeping with that ideal, of manipulating the landscape’s composition to better fit into the artist’s aesthetic preferences, this oil on canvas finished in 1859 creatively portrays the Equatorian wilderness, complete with the snow-capped Mount Chimborazo in the background, partially hidden by the lower slopes that frame the vista. Created from a composite of sketches and watercolors made during the artist’s second voyage to South America, the piece is immense, measuring over three meters in width, and is currently in show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.
Occupying the very center of the piece is a pool of clear river water, fed by a waterfall, which seems to come all the way down from the Andes, running through the verdant jungle pictured. It is an imposing scene, seen from a high vantage point, like that of a bird, but that nonetheless is treated with extreme attention to detail, each leaf painted in with care. Such is the wealth and depth of detail that, if in the foreground we can see the feathers on a bird’s tail, far in the background we can make out a small Spanish colonial village, nestled on the banks of the upper pool, just above the waterfall.
Even though the human presence can be seen here and there, it exists concealed by the jungle which covers the setting. As such, there is no civilization per se, but instead, a smidgen of humanity that only serves to underline the dominating aspect of the tropical wilderness further. Of those few traces of human interference, the cross in the foreground is the most obvious, which would be an indication of the unification between religion and nature. A landscape, so to speak, blessed by God with beauty.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Heart of the Andes 1859, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Heart of the Andes 1859 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
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.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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