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Storm In The Rocky Mountains

by Albert Bierstadt

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Storm In The Rocky Mountains - Description

Thunderstorm in the Rockies is a landscape painted by German-American Romanticist Albert Bierstadt. It was created in the year 1859 and measures twenty nine by nineteen inches. This piece, an oil painting on canvas, leads the viewer into mountain scene dominated by rain clouds. The scene depicted here derives its stellar sublimity from its sharp contrast of light clouds and dark earth. A master at painting skylines, Bierstadt’s intention here is to let the audience become lost in the mass of thunderheads making their way towards the mountaintop. A gnarled, dark tree trunk stands out defiantly against the wall of cloud, while far off in the distance more mountain tops are shown lit by encroaching sunlight. The scene is an escape into the Rockies, a demonstration of the power existing in the freedom of imagination. Bierstadt’s paintings of the Rocky Mountains are meant to fill the mind of the viewer with awe, fear and the feeling that they are surrendering themselves to an emotion within themselves that is much stronger and more vast than anything occurring in their every day life. This feeling, the sublime, is evident in most of Bierstadt’s work and is a concept elicited and exaggerated by many artists of this time. The terror of a coming thunderstorm in the Rocky Mountains is highlighted by immense shadows falling on the mountaintops and the absence of other humans.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Storm In The Rocky Mountains

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