Albert Bierstadt San Francisco Sunset Impressionist Landscape oil Painting, Circa 1870s
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Important California Impressionist oil painting by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) The work is believed to have been executed circa 1870s and likely depicts the marshes towards San Francisco Bay Area.
This painting is entered into the Albert Bierstadt Catalogue Raisonne and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticty from the "Albert Bierstadt Catalogue Raisonne Project". Condition is very good, a fine example of Bierstadt's luminescent impressionism.
As was typical of the artist’s technique, Albert Bierstadt produced numerous oil sketches and studies while working on larger easel paintings. Landscapes at sunset were a particularly common subject matter for the artist. These works captured the unique quality of each sunset, here in the present work he focuses particular attention on one element – the sun and its reflection on the shallow water below. In Sunset, Bierstadt paints the sun as it’s about to touch the horizon, the moment before dusk becomes night. Bierstadt intentionally fills the canvas with glowing hues of yellow and orange and the darker patches of grass in margins bring the eye back to center, emphasizing the reflection of the sun onto the water.
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