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Sunset over the River

by Albert Bierstadt

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Sunset over the River - Description

Sunset over the River is an oil painting by the late German-American artist Albert Bierstadt of the Hudson River and Rocky Mountain Schools. This scene embodies many qualities belonging to the Romantic period in which the painter belonged. Notice the looming mountains in the distance and the path that the eye must take to reach them, traveling over a sunlit lake reflecting warm tones of orange and yellow below contrasting tones of a cooler indigo color of the mountains. In the foreground’s brush, complimenting shades of violet can be seen in the flowers growing. Notice the precise detail occurring in both the reflections to the right of the painting of the treetops in the water. This painting, measuring approximately four feet by three feet, displays a splendorous sky gradually moving from vibrant hues of orange to soft, billowy shades of cotton candy pink. The detail present in stacked clouds above the mountain tops give this painting a feeling that it is typical of Bierstadt’s labor. Two birds skim the surface of the river and give a sense of the immense magnitude of what lies beyond those mountains. The Jeffery Pines indicate that this painting belongs to the American West, most likely the region of Lake Tahoe. The function of this piece is to embrace the romantic qualities of the West as demonstrated by a heightened sense of light and mystical quality inherent in the piece.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Sunset over the River

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