This painting was painted by Grafton Tyler Brown in 1887. Brown was one of the first African American artists to work on the West Coast of the United States. He was also one of the few black painters who achieved popularity and success as well. This painting captures a Geyser erupting and i think Brown does a nice job at capturing the natural beauty of america. I think it also captures America's identity as a whole because America is beginning to break out of the ground just like the Geyser. Much like today America is viewed at by other nations as a country with great beauty and a country with great force and that is what i think Brown captured perfectly in this painting.