"Passing Storm over the Sierra Nevadas" - An Analysis Analytical Essay by Nicky

Analysis of the painting "Passing Storm over the Sierra Nevadas."
# 149842 | 1,583 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 03, 2012 in Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Art (Museums)

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This paper provides an analysis of the painting "Passing Storm over the Sierra Nevadas" by Albert Bierstadt from the year 1870. It is located in the American Art section of the San Antonio Museum of Art. According to the paper, this work was chosen for analysis because of the artist's ability to accurately reflect the vivid landscape and his use of light and dark. The paper also notes the balanced composition of the work. Next, the paper describes the form and content of this painting, noting that it is a landscape work and does not have any human forms within it. Additionally, it shows how the work is divided into three relatively uniform and equal shapes, pointing out where these shapes intersect. The paper concludes with a discussion of the artist, Albert Bierstadt and how he was known for his paintings of the American West.


Form and Content Interpretation

From the Paper:

"The lines in the painting are interestingly conceived. The painter uses curved lines to paint the shores and the margins of the lake, as well as parts of the forest. In fact, there seems to be a set of curved, concentric lines, that can be seen as the shore in the lower part of the painting, along with several similar lines on the shore on the sand and continuing into the lake.
"This leads the discussion on the direction of the lines. These are rather horizontal, as one can see from the line of the shore (both the one in the lower part of the painting and the one marking the end of the lake towards the half of the painting are horizontal and almost parallel), as well as from the line of the forest, also parallel to the lines of the shore and horizontal. The horizontal lines tend to emphasize the calmness that follows the storm, a quiet and stable image that followed the bad weather."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • On the Internet at http://www.samuseum.org/collections/collection.php?uid=2. Last retrieved on August 5, 2009
  • On the Internet at http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/glenda/bierstadt/bierstadt.html. Last retrieved on August 5, 2009

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