Where the Clouds Love to Rest


Alfred Jacob Miller ( American, 1810 - 1874 )

c. 1850
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General Description

A European-trained painter who built his career in Baltimore, Maryland, Miller accompained the 1837 Rocky Mountain expedition of William Drummond Stewart, a wealthy Scotsman who commissioned Miller to illustrate his romantic conception of America's vanishing Eden. Miller's finished works, based on material gathered on the expedition, were well received. Painted around 1850, this panel is likely based on the artist's sketches of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. The soft, evanescent light falling like a benediction on the distant peaks expresses Miller's idealized memory of the American frontier, as does the title, which is possibly based on popular romantic poetry of the period.

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