Puget Sound On The Pacific Coast

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“The Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast” was created in 1870 by Albert Beirstadt. The painting is an oil canvas on a hugely unusual 7-by-12-foot canvas, which is the first big impression Albert’s work makes on me since I haven’t seen many paintings have the same size during his period. The painting was a product of Albert’s imagination and people’s stories about the promising land which creates an interesting feature for the whole picture: it’s not a real place. “The Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast” captures the time before a storm coming toward one of the Puget Sound’s beaches. Stare at the painting for a moment, I suddenly understand that nature always has two faces. On the left side, we have a peaceful nature where green evergreen trees grow straight up, a beautiful yellow beach, and some Indians people are trying to prepare their canoes. Up on the sky, the Sun is being blocked by clouds; still, the source of light is trying to lead its shining rays to the beach – creating a mysterious picture of a cascade descending on a mountain in the background. Nevertheless, on the right side is a total different face of nature – a violent storm coming toward the peaceful beach. The ocean, with its rough waves, is pounding the shore, where some Indians are struggling to pull their canoes out of the violent water; in addition, dark clouds have already half covered the right sky, blocking the sun’s lights wherever they can reach. Albert has decided the right moment to illustrate his idea of nature’s changing. Just in one picture, I realize that nature can change from peaceful into angry only in a moment of the painting. According to my experience, the last moments before a storm coming are always the best since people usually feel sorry for what they’re going to loose when the violence comes – they’re going to loose the sunshine, the peaceful environment Although he
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