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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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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Old Mill, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Old Mill 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.
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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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