Analysis of The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak Painting

The mountains of unlimited borders went beyond the earth to the heavens as the water and sun developed its tangibility. Personalities of light permitted an intricate portrayal of the perfect environment. Albert Bierstadt, a German-born, American artist, had the ability to communicate such beauties of nature and its landscape through his paintings. In 1863, through a premier in the “New York City Sanity Fair”, his painting, “The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak”, provided a different outlook on the American West. As a region styled artist, Bierstadt made use of oil-based paint on canvas in such a method that permitted his audience to not only see nature, but to feel it also.

The variation of colors he used created an impressive display of nature that I never believed possible. I believe his purpose was to create imagery, an impression to the audience, as if they were looking into the American West, through his painting. The entity of light was the essential element of this painting.

The kind of a fine white line in the middle of a mass of water permitted the separation of the earth and the heavens. What is appealing about the painting is that as quickly as the earth and heaves were separated, the two signed up with as soon as again at the same area. The reflection of the lake elaborated on the pureness of the water and the richness of life. The contrast of dark and light colors served a terrific importance in his painting.

Bierstadt developed the best gradient of dark to light colors from opposite ends of his painting.

Developed on land, the color of darkness swept into the lake, but the color was only to be enhanced by the light developed from the sky. This line amidst the water plays an effective function in the painting where the 2 opposites meet to form a single, unified harmony of colors in the middle. The personality of the rays produced by the sun, asserted a sense of depth as well as texture to the painting. Though the mountains developed were of the same height, it was the existence of light that produced saturation of each color. With the saturation of each color, a sense of depth and texture would be contributed to the painting.

Toward the bottom of the painting, Bierstadt had drawn a tribe of Indians that had settled on the land as a further depiction of the American West. He exploited several elements of the painting through the Native Americans. It gave the painting an identity by showing to the public that there are actual people situated there and the area was more than just a home, it was a lifestyle.

The variation in value of green and brown created from the land, trees and the clothes of the Native Americans became a lighter tone as it reached the lake. It was advanced further as the color transcended across the white line of the lake into an even lighter tone of the two colors and an introduction of a new one, blue. The blue served its own purpose as an unimaginable distance. It was the rest of the mountains amongst the smaller ones that the Native Americans were living in. Some Native Americans were situated next to the lake, and again it provided an idea of depth in the painting.

I felt like I was looking through the eyes of Albert Bierstadt, well over a century ago. I saw what he saw, and it made me wonder what existed pass the waterfall. I could feel that the air was pure and I could hear the serenity through the sound of water. I’m most curious about what lied in between the mountains that reached the sky and the ones that were most reachable. I have come to believe Bierstadt was more than an innovative painter, but an intelligent scholar as well. Something must have perplexed him to become a regional painter during his time. It wasn’t a common style of painting but he urged onward anyways. He utilized the contrast of light and dark so beautifully, that created more than an explicit visual, but a mental escapade from reality.