Nevada Falls, Yosemite (1872) by Albert Bierstadt

Nevada Falls, Yosemite - Albert Bierstadt - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleNevada Falls, Yosemite
ArtistAlbert Bierstadt
Dimensions99.1 x 76.2 cm
Art MovementLuminism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Nevada Falls, Yosemite

Albert Bierstadt’s “Nevada Falls, Yosemite,” created in 1872, is an exquisite oil on canvas landscape painting measuring 99.1 by 76.2 centimeters. This work, attributed to the Luminism art movement, splendidly captures the essence of the natural world with its emphasis on light and tranquil representation of the American landscape. The artwork is held in a private collection, away from public exhibition.

The artwork portrays the powerful and scenic Nevada Falls located within Yosemite National Park. Bierstadt’s adept use of light and shadow manages to convey the sheer force and beauty of the cascading water. The foreground features rugged terrain with two human figures standing by a fallen tree, providing a sense of scale and human presence amid the vastness of nature. Towering pines stretch upwards on the left, framing the scene and drawing the viewer’s eye towards the falls in the background. The interplay between the darkened foreground and the illuminated mist of the falls demonstrates Bierstadt’s skill in Luminist techniques, creating a semblance of depth and atmospheric effect that was characteristic of the movement. The artwork stands as a testament to Bierstadt’s commitment to capturing the sublime landscapes of the American West during the 19th century.

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