Artist at Work

It isn’t Yosemite, It’s heaven

I was breathless and nearly shivering in awe at the sight of this dream of a painting by Albert Beirstadt. The Haggin Museum has a number of gems but this one… this is my favorite.

I took as many photos as I could to recall and share the experience.

I was in Stockton, CA, in August, exhibiting with the American Women Artists Exhibition hosted at the Haggin Museum. Read more about it the previous post.

Enjoy these images…

Sunset in the Yosemite Valley c. 1868 by Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902   Size (inches): 36 1/4 x 52 1/4  Medium: Oil on Canvas Location: Hull Gallery

Sunset in the Yosemite Valley c. 1868 by
Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902


Size (inches): 36 1/4 x 52 1/4
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Hull Gallery

My personal takeaway

Seeing this painting was everything I had hoped but didn’t know I was looking for it.  I have recently worked on Sunsets, clouds, and atmospheric affects in my oil painting, I was very satisfied with what could be done in oil. 

unbeknownst to me at the time I was really longing to see something that took the effects to the max.  This is what I found.  In Beirstadt’s, "Sunset at Yosemite Valley" seems to have been made to stimulate all the tactile senses, as I hope you can see in some of the detail images.

In my current body of work I have at least two works in progress where I will continue to use what I gleamed from viewing this work in person.  I’m looking forward to sharing the results and writing more.

This was my first attempt to achieve the sunlight and develop my own process for working with a light and air filled atmosphere. and I’m looking forward to doing it again. It helps that like the trees in Yosemite, my figure is a contrasting element for the power of the Sunlight.

This was my first attempt to achieve the sunlight and develop my own process for working with a light and air filled atmosphere. and I’m looking forward to doing it again. It helps that like the trees in Yosemite, my figure is a contrasting element for the power of the Sunlight.