The Emerald Pool, 1870
Oil on canvas
One of the most prominent of the Hudson River School painters, Albert Bierstadt gained fame and fortune for his dramatic landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and Yosemite Valley. Yet his earliest important landscapes, including The Emerald Pool, were of Eastern subjects.
Bierstadt started the composition in 1869, when he visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The site he chose, the Emerald Pool, was a popular tourist location situated on the Peabody River a few miles east of Mount Washington. In the painting, that's Mount Washington, shrouded in mist, rising in the distance.