Monday, April 30, 2012
Puget Sound, NW Pacific
The German American painter Albert Bierstadt heightens the sense of drama in this work through the use of strong contrasts: white spray against rocks, or a dark tree against a light background. He locates these tonal contrasts so that the viewer's eye finds points of interest in different areas of the composition. This is particularly important in a large painting.
At the height of his career, Bierstadt was the most popular landscape painter in America.