Date created: 1868
Dimensions: 72 x 120 inches
Current ownership: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C
Medium: Oil on canvas
The main features of the painting are:
Atmospheric perspective: Notice how the mountains take on the appearance of the surrounding atmosphere as they recede into the distance.
Drama: Deep shadows, brilliant highlights, and sharp contrast.
Intricate brushwork and detail: This is typical of Bierstadt's work.
Composition and design: The painting follows many of the classic "rules" of composition.
Value: The painting features a full value range, from near black to near white.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
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