Monday, June 9, 2014

VFFT week 10 - Among the Sierra Nevada by Albert Bierstadt

http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=2059
1868 Albert Bierstadt oil on canvas, 72 x 120 1/8 in. location: Smithsonian American Art Museum

 
Perhaps one of the most wonderful aspects of painting is its ability to capture nostalgia. As I embark on a new traveling adventure myself, I sought out art works to reflect my feelings of expectation, excitement, and...a little bit of uncertainty. Looking at this incredible landscape, I can honestly say that Mr. Bierstadt captured my feelings perfectly. The contrast of light and dark, as well as the beauty of the sky above and the earth below speaks of exploration and discovery. 

While I love the foreign, antique, and exotic auras that surround international art, I am always pleasantly surprised by the contentment I find in looking at the American landscape painting. There are so many artist's who have captured the raw places and moments of this country, all with a personal history of travel themselves, whether or not they immigrated here, like Bierstadt (born in Solingen, Germany 1830), or their ancestors did. 

All in all, there's nothing like a good painting to transport you into a new world or time and away from your desk at work! So take a little time and enjoy it before you get back to solitaire...I mean those costumer logistics or whatever....don't worry I won't tell.


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