A while back someone said I should take a look at Albert Bierstadt from the Hudson River School of Artists. I am so sorry, but I can’t remember who told me about him, but I am glad they did, what an incredible painter. I have to admit I don’t know a lot about the Hudson River School, but I am always willing to look and see what I can find out. However, upon looking up Albert Bierstadt I was more than pleasantly surprised to see a painter doing big landscapes.
One of the things that really caught my attention is the way he showed light. Unlike many painters of today, he wouldn’t have used photographs to give him an idea of the landscape as he was painting it. I know photography was around, but nothing like what we have now. I have been out to take photos and a scene like the one above would be rare, so I think if he saw it, he must have painted it from his memory, which I think is truly extraordinary and wonderful. It is a great scene, I would love to capture something like that through the lens of my camera.
The level of detail in his work is amazing. I know painters paint the sea and waterfalls, but I was so taken with what he has done. I love the water paintings. I love how you can almost see every little drop of water.
There are some paintings that he had done that I think are a wonderful record of history, and I am sure it is pretty much how it was back then. I found this on Wikipedia about him:
A German-American painter best known for his large, detailed landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.
That explains why there are paintings like the one above.
I imagine this is what Autumn in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere are really like. The colours must be so amazing. I hope one day to travel to these areas and see this for myself. We don’t get autumn like many other parts of the world. Most of the trees in Australia are evergreens, so they don’t change their colours. I love the colours in this painting, it is so vibrant, and calming in a way.
Another big landscape painting. It is such a shame that paintings like this are not valued so much anymore. The detail and the incredible talent that an artist must have to do work like this is amazing, but when you look at the world of art these days, you won’t find many artists doing paintings like this anymore.
I find it fascinating to look at artists who were painting the type of thing that I want to photograph. I love big landscapes, and looking to see what I can bring to images of them.
He looks like a nice man, though you can’t really tell from a photo, but he was a great artist and I can tell that from his work. Wikipedia has information on Albert Bierstadt if you would like more information. There is also a list of the massive number of paintings that he did in his lifetime here. I do have a gallery for you now of his work, some paintings that I just loved.