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Looking Up the Yosemite Valley

by Albert Bierstadt

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Looking Up the Yosemite Valley - Description

Looking up the Yosemite Valley is a landscape painted by German-American Romanticist Albert Bierstadt. This piece, an oil painting on canvas, was created with the intention of placing humans at the feet of the monstrous mountains along the Yosemite Valley of the Sierra Nevadas. This landscape, painted with Romantic intention, is intended to not only fill the viewer with a sense of awe and terror characteristic of the sublime but also to serve as a testament to their natural beauty. It is for this reason, in the same manner which Bierstadt painted Redwood trees and wildlife, that Bierstadt takes the viewer directly into a place that is distant and fantastic. The milky light in this composition serves to add a hazy feeling indicative of morning. As with most Bierstadt paintings, the observer is at a respectable distance from the landscape creating a sense that the surrounding atmosphere is much larger than canvas itself. This, combined with the outskirts of a forest included on the right perimeter of the page, helps to create a feeling of being completely engulfed in the natural setting. Bierstadt’s painting acts as a visual playground for the observer, allowing them to enter this special place where time stands still as often as they please. This painting embodies the philosophy of life and uninhibited growth, and the potential of nature when left untouched to grow at its own vice.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Looking Up the Yosemite Valley

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