Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California Artist(s)Ansel AdamsArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1944; printed 1980Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
15 5/8 in x 19 3/16 in (39.69 cm x 48.74 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);26 1/8 in x 32 1/8 in (66.36 cm x 81.6 cm)Credit LineGift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.Subject matter
Photographed from a distance, this photograph depicts a winter storm as it sweeps through Yosemite’s mountainous valley. Represented in soft sweeping tones, the atmospheric turbulence of the storm envelopes the distant mountain peaks, a low lying cloud bank illuminated by sunshine beyond. Spilling over a distant ridge to the right of the photograph, a waterfall shines brightly in a patch of sunshine that’s broken through the clouds of the storm. Spanning across the valley floor, a multitude of pine trees seem to flow between the ridges. The valley’s expanse and spatial vastness speak to the immensity of the meteorological event, and lend a sublime power to the image.Physical Description
The photograph depicts a wide view of a mountainous valley in winter with a storm sweeping through its interior in the distance. To the right, a waterfall spills over a ridge.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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modern and contemporary art
waterfalls (natural bodies of water)