National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC – 08 JAN 2011

As much as I like checking out the current exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery…I am drawn to this image…
I could spend an entire day sitting and watching people interact with this image: Among the Sierra Nevada, California. Painted by Albert Bierstadt in Rome it was displayed in Berlin and London before shipped to the US. Called a fictional landscape, it helped fuel Europeans’ interest in emigration in the late 1800’s. Bierstadt sometimes changed details of a landscape to inspire awe. And this is what this painting does. I like how it is displayed...in it’s own room with a bench to stop and breath-in the view. I like the curtain archway and the image around the image…all the different compositions the viewers help to create. Like quantum physics, the act of viewing changes the results.