Dogwoodc. After 1875 by
Bierstadt, Albert 1830-1902
In Dogwood, Bierstadt presents an intimate view of a forest. Such vertically composed woodland scenes are not unique in American painting; they were produced by numerous artists from the time the format was introduced in the mid-century by Asher B. Durand (1796-1886). But Bierstadt distinguishes himself with light and color effects that transform a modest scene into theater.

The dark foreground trees frame like a proscenium the spotlight opening that features a scarlet sapling, which is reflected in a rivulet. The soft emerald hues of a pond and a multicolored, wooded slope beyond intensify the flame color of the small tree. The result is magical yet hushed, a mood underlined by the wordless communication between two deer.

Size (inches): 44 5/8 x 34 3/4
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Hull Gallery
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