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In the Foothills

by Albert Bierstadt

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In the Foothills - Description

In German-American Romantic artist Albert Bierstadt’s 1861 painting In the Foothills, the viewer is taken on a unique journey into a singularly human setting. The singularity of this piece is that it depicts, in the foreground, a hut built by and inhabited with humans. Unlike most of Bierstadt’s work, which focuses on landscapes apart from the human element of nature, this small oil on board offers a peek into daily life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the second half of the nineteenth century. Never one abandon his Romantic roots even when depicting structures built by men, it is apparent that this painting is visually arranged by first thrusting a moderate size house at the eyes of the observer. Next, a second house sits just to the left in the middle ground, separated by a fence and noticeably smaller than the fist. In line with these first two houses sits a structure at the top of a large hill, though it is unclear whether the structure is of natural or un natural creation. The point here is that as large and structurally sound the houses are, they are still smaller and more fragile than the most common hill behind them. It should be noted too that based on the title of this painting, that hill is but a stepping stone when compared to the mountains close at hand. This is Romanticism at its finest, most sublime quality.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: In the Foothills

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: American Landscape
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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