Oil on canvas
Image size: 8 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches (22 1/4 x 31 3/4 cm)
This is a painting from the 19th Century depicts Gibraltar Island in Ohio, America, located within lake Erie. The rocky island is named for its resemblance to the Rock of Gibraltar.
The present painting, dominated by its horizontal layout and the choice of a very high viewpoint, shows a panoramic view of a fragment of nature. The artist creates a majestic view of the sky and the strength of its light and its transparency. Colour, light and the vastness of the landscape in its virgin state are undoubtedly the true subjects of this Romantic painting. By using devices such as various planes which are not continued into the background, a combination of very high viewpoints for the land and very low ones for the sky, and contrasts of light, the artist succeeds in conveying the experience of the place, expressed in monumental terms.