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Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California

Accession Number
1988/1.89

Title
Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California

Artist(s)
Ansel Adams

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1944; printed 1980

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Gift 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 Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
California
clouds
modern and contemporary art
mountains
national parks
natural landscapes
nature photography
snow
snow (precipitation)
snowstorms
storms
trees
valleys (landforms)
waterfalls (natural bodies of water)
winter

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