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In the Foothills of the Rockies

by Albert Bierstadt

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In the Foothills of the Rockies - Description

Perhaps the most majestic and comprehensive view of German-American Romantic landscape painter Albert Bierstadt’s Rocky Mountain collection, In the Foothills of the Mountains offers a far off view of the mountain range from a perch in the surrounding rolling foothills. This oil painting, constructed on paper and attached to canvas, is perhaps one of the best examples of Bierstadt’s Romantic mastery. The technique of painting a landscape so dominating reduces the need for human subjects, thereby making the subjects the mountains themselves. The function of this piece is to focus on the sublime characteristic of this landscape setting, elevating the Rocky Mountains into a piece much too large to swallow. The awesome qualities of this painting are apparent in the sheer height and domination carried by the mountains and for their ability to tower over all in their presence. The snowy tips, visible to the naked eye and separated from the white clouds by a clear edge from are meant to be seen so that the viewer might witness just how large the mountain range is. It is a visual marker, one meant to intimidate and cast a sense on the viewer of just how small humans are when compared to such elevations. By placing the mountains in the background beyond the rolling foothills, Bierstadt is able to show not only their enormous height but also a mostly barren middle ground that serves as a method of setting up the mountainous structure and placing it on a far off pedestal where their majestic qualities can be shown in full.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: In the Foothills of the Rockies

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