Thomas Moran

American, Hudson River School, Rocky Mountain School, 1837-1926

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The Three Tetons
Thomas Moran
291 USD


The Juniata, Evening
Thomas Moran

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Salvator Rosa Sketching the Banditti
Thomas Moran

432 USD

Children of the Mountain
Thomas Moran

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Mist in Kanab Canyon, Utah
Thomas Moran

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On the Berry Trail Grand Canyon of Arizona
Thomas Moran

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Valley of the Catawissa in Autumn
Thomas Moran

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An Indian Paradise
(Green River, Wyoming)

Thomas Moran

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Cascade Falls, Yosemite
Thomas Moran

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Golden Gate, Yellowstone National Park
Thomas Moran

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1893-1901
Thomas Moran

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872
Thomas Moran

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Point Lobos, Monterey, California
Thomas Moran

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The Old Bridge over Hook Pond, East Hampton, Long Island, New York
Thomas Moran

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The Autumnal Woods
(Under the Trees)

Thomas Moran

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Valley of Cuernavaca
Thomas Moran

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Green River Cliffs, Wyoming
Thomas Moran

385 USD
 
Mountain of the Holy Cross
Thomas Moran

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Snowy Range
Thomas Moran

246 USD
 
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Thomas Moran

370 USD
 
Falls at Toltec Gorge
Thomas Moran

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Grand Canal, Venice
Thomas Moran

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Green River, Wyoming
Thomas Moran

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The Wilds of Lake Superior
Thomas Moran

336 USD
 
An Indian Pueblo, Laguna,
New Mexico

Thomas Moran

258 USD
 
Grand Canyon of the Colorado River
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484 USD
 
The Teton Range
Thomas Moran

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The Fisherman's Wedding Party
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Thomas Moran (February 12, 1837 – August 25, 1926) from Bolton, England was an American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York whose work often featured the Rocky Mountains. Moran and his family took residence in New York where he obtained work as an artist. He was a younger brother of the noted marine artist Edward Moran, with whom he shared a studio. A talented illustrator and exquisite colorist, Thomas Moran was hired as an illustrator at Scribner's Monthly. During the late 1860s, he was appointed the chief illustrator for the magazine, a position that helped him launch his career as one of the premier painters of the American landscape.

Moran along with Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, and William Keith are sometimes referred to as belonging to the Rocky Mountain School of landscape painters because of all of the Western landscapes made by this group. 

Thomas Moran began his artistic career as a teenage apprentice to the Philadelphia wood-engraving firm Scattergood & Telfer. Moran found the engraving process "tedious"  and spent his free time working on his own watercolors. By the mid-1850s he was drawing the firm's illustrations for publication rather than carving them. He began studying with local painter James Hamilton who introduced him to the work of British artist J. M. W. Turner. Moran traveled to England in 1862 to see Turner's work and he often acknowledged that artist's influence on his use of color and choice of landscapes. During the 1870s and 1880s Moran's designs for wood-engraved illustrations appeared in major magazines and gift oriented publications.

Moran was married to Scottish born Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899), an etcher and landscape painter. The couple had two daughters and a son. His brothers Edward (1829–1901), John (1831–1902) and Peter (1841–1914), as well as his nephews Edward Percy Moran (1862–1935) and Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) were also active as artists. He died in Santa Barbara, California on August 26, 1926.

Yellowstone images 

Thomas Moran's vision of the Western landscape was critical to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. In 1871 Dr. Ferdinand Hayden, director of the United States Geological Survey, invited Moran, at the request of American financier Jay Cooke, to join Hayden and his expedition team into the unknown Yellowstone region. Hayden was just about to embark on his arduous journey when he received a letter from Cooke presenting Moran as "an artist of Philadelphia of rare genius". Funded by Cooke (the director of the Northern Pacific Railroad), and Scribner's Monthly, a new illustrated magazine, Moran agreed to join the survey team of the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 in their exploration of the Yellowstone region. During forty days in the wilderness area, Moran visually documented over 30 different sites and produced a diary of the expedition's progress and daily activities. His sketches, along with photographs produced by survey member William Henry Jackson, captured the nation's attention and helped inspire Congress to establish the Yellowstone region as the first national park in 1872. Moran's paintings along with Jackson's photographs revealed the scale and splendor of the beautiful Yellowstone region more than written or oral descriptions, persuading President Grant and the US Congress that Yellowstone was to be preserved. Moran's impact on Yellowstone was great, but Yellowstone had a significant influence on the artist, too. His first national recognition as an artist, as well as his first large financial success resulted from his connection with Yellowstone. He even adopted a new signature: T-Y-M, Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran. Just one year after his introduction to the area, Moran captured the imagination of the American public with his first enormous painting of a far-western natural wonder, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which the government purchased in 1872 for $10,000. For the next two decades, he published his work in various periodicals and created hundreds of large paintings. Several of these, including two versions of The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1893–1901 and 1872) and Chasm of the Colorado (1873–74) are now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Over the next forty years Moran traveled extensively. He went back to Yellowstone with Jackson in 1892. They were invited by Elwood Mead, the state engineer of Wyoming, in preparation for a "Wyoming Exhibition" at the World's Columbian Exposition. Thousands of tourists were now able to visit the park, arriving by the Northern Pacific Railway, and Moran and Jackson were able to take advantage of the tourist facilities, such as a hotel at Mammoth Hot Springs. Moran wrote "After a day at Norris we left for the Grand Canyon where we stayed two days and made a great many photos. I saw so much to sketch that I have determined to return there myself after I have been to the Geyser Basins and the lake and spend a week at work there. It is as glorious in color as ever and I was completely carried away by its magnificence. I think I can paint a better picture of it than the old one after I have made my sketches." Moran sketched many more images of the Canyon on this trip than he had in 1871, including views from the viewpoint named for him on the 1871 trip, "Moran Point."

Moran was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Design in 1884 and produced numerous works of art in his senior years.

Painting in the White House

Thomas Moran has a painting exhibited as part of the White House collection. In the photograph depicting President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Oval Office it is seen on the wall: the portrait of George Washington is between City of Washington From Beyond the Navy Yard (1833) by George Cooke (on the left) and The Three Tetons (1895) by Thomas Moran (on the right). Official White House photo by Pete Souza.

Legacy 

The Thomas Moran House in East Hampton, New York is a National Historic Landmark. Mount Moran in the Grand Teton National Park is named for Moran. His work is held in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Source: Wikipedia