Painters Paintings Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902): Rocky Mountains, “Lander’s Peak” (detail), 1863, o…
Painters Work Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902): Rocky Mountains, “Lander’s Peak” (element), 1863, oil on canvas, 110.eight x 90.2 cm, Fogg Museum – Harvard Artwork Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts
‘The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak’ is predicated on sketches and images that Bierstadt compiled in the summertime of 1859, when he joined a authorities survey expedition led by Frederic W. Lander. Nevertheless the work is an imagined view fairly than an correct topographical rendering. Painted and exhibited in Bierstadt’s New York studio, it’s geared to the sensibility of city East Coast viewers. With its dramatic sunlit mountain vary and verdant, uncultivated valley, the portray portrays the American West as an edenic panorama crammed with hope and alternative. It alerts the promise of recent beginnings, a resonant theme for a nation torn aside by civil conflict.
Although Bierstadt encountered and sketched many Native People on his travels, this work doesn’t embody any indicators of the indigenous inhabitants.