Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, California Artist(s)Ansel AdamsArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1948; printed 1978Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
19 3/4 in x 15 1/2 in (50.17 cm x 39.37 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 1/4 in (81.76 cm x 66.68 cm);28 1/8 in x 22 1/8 in (71.44 cm x 56.2 cm)Subject matter
Centered in the middle of the frame, this photograph depicts a tall oak tree standing by itself in a snow storm. The rich, ebony black of the tree trunk is in stark contrast to the snow festooning its branches. The snow blankets the landscape, blotting out the forest beyond the clearing. Rising above the woods, the ever-faint hints of towering cliffs show through the opacity of the snow storm. The deep depth of field used to make the image brings into sharp focus the dazzling myriad of snow-laden branches and twigs on the tree. This clarity lends a crystalline opulence to the scene, and emphasizes the tree’s stately splendor.Physical Description
This photograph depicts a snow-covered oak tree in a clearing during a winter snowstorm.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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California black oak
modern and contemporary art