Monday, April 30, 2012

Albert Bierstadt

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.


Katherine Kean said...

Nice selections. Bierstadt blazed the trail.

jeronimus said...

Hi Katherine
He really knew how to put drama and sublimity into his landscapes. One of my faves.