Mohawk River, New York

Bierstadt--Mohawk River small.jpg
Bierstadt--Mohawk River large.jpg

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Title

Mohawk River, New York

Description

This painting, seemingly located on the upper Mohawk River, assumes a timeless, mythical quality. Bierstadt was one of several second-generation Hudson School artists associated with "luminism," a technique using aerial perspective and moisture-saturated air to create an otherworldly glow.

Here, we see four cattle watering in a river so calm it reflects the surrounding forest. No signs of the humans who graze them are visible. At left a white steer stands apart, illuminated in a beam of sunlight. Its nearly mythical quality may reference Greek mythology and the metamorphosis of humans into animal form--whether Io transformed by an angry Hera or Zeus transorming himself to rape Europa.

Creator

Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902

Date

1864

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Source

Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
Photograph by Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons

Format

jpeg, 1.3 MB
jpeg, 3.4 MB

Type

Still image

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

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