Artist Name: Albert Bierstadt Title of Work: Lander’s Peak; Rocky Mountains Artistic Medium: Oil Paint Year of Completion: 1863 Style of Work: American, Romantic (Hudson River School) Location of Work: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Discuss the general and specific content of this work. Use complete sentences. 300 words minimum. Lander’s Peak is an ants-eye view of a landscape occupied by a village. Some of the villagers are riding the horses, while others are grouped together by huts. The background is a mountain range that has a natural river leading to a valley and flowing into a body of water that most likely sustained the village. The sky is partly cloudy and the mountains are topped with snow, to show the height of the peak. The lake shows the reflection of the mountains where the sunlight doesn’t directly hit the water and the blue tint of the water is visible where the sunlight touches it. Other than horses the village is filled with wild dogs, a dead bear, dead goat, two dead gazelle’s, bull remains sunflowers, a groundhog, and a small fire. “The panoramic sweep of his art-his endlessly repeated images of soaring, cloud-swept mountains seen across serene valleys or reflective water-implied visual possession.” (Miller, Angela Landscape Aesthetics) Bierstadt was able to create a picture like images through his canvas. The mountain range depicted in Lander’s peak is the Rocky Mountains. The Native American tribe could have been Apache, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, or many more due to the many rivers running through the Rocky Mountains such as the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande would attract large amounts of wildlife and provide a consistent stream of drinking water. This would most likely be the main reason many indigenous peoples would settle in
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