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Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Valley, Winter

by Albert Bierstadt

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Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Valley, Winter - Description

Cathedral Rocks, a Yosemite View is a painting completed by German-American Romanticist Albert Bierstadt around the year 1872. This painting, completed in oil, captures a winter scene from California’s Yosemite Park in the Sierra Nevada region. This painting is blanketed in shades of grey, white blue and brown and highlights the bleak barrenness and naked beauty of winter. The rocks and trees are shown to be jutting out of the ground in every direction here, a limitless source of potential and power from the earth. Bierstadt’s Romantic intention with this piece was to create a vision of a natural escape. The artist’s inclusion of only natural forms with no regard to predisposed conditions or structural technique beyond the looming mass of rock in the middle ground makes this painting unique to the Romantic period. If humans were to be inserted in this painting they would appear miniscule in comparison to the hulking formation taking up the majority of the canvas. Bierstadt’s embrace of this cold California winter mountain scene is meant to act as an escape and as a testament to the artist’s search for landscapes bearing sublime characteristics. This painting is meant to take the common viewer away from the ordinary world of industry and service. It is meant to force them into a world governed by nature and time where the elements are the governing force.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Valley, Winter

Original Artist: Albert Bierstadt
Subject: American Landscape
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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