Monday, April 30, 2012
Puget Sound, NW Pacific
The German American painter Albert Bierstadt heightens the sense of drama in this work through the use of strong contrasts: white spray against rocks, or a dark tree against a light background. He locates these tonal contrasts so that the viewer's eye finds points of interest in different areas of the composition. This is particularly important in a large painting.
At the height of his career, Bierstadt was the most popular landscape painter in America.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
In the calm waters of the harbor, reflections become a much more important part of the composition.
Masts and ropes provide interesting linear elements.
These paintings also exploit the contrasting tones on opposite sides of the hulls of the boats, best seen in the late afternoon.
Monday, April 9, 2012