Thomas Moran - part 3

Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926) originally 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. A talented illustrator and colourist, Moran was hired as an illustrator at Scribner's Monthly. During the late 1860s, he was appointed the chief illustrator of 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.

This is part 3 of a 5-part post on the works on the works of Thomas Moran. Works appear chronologically, but a number of undated works will be in part 5. For biographical notes on Moran see part 1. (You can click on the pictures to see more detail. One or two of the following may look familiar - Moran painted earlier variations)

1873 Colburn's Butte, South Utah watercolour & gouache 35.6 x 24.1 cm

1873 Distant Peaks watercolour 25.4 x 35.9 cm

1873 Excelsior Geyser, Yellowstone Park watercolour on paper 31.9 x 24.8 cm

1873 Giant Blue Spring, Yellowstone watercolour 25.4 x 35.6

1873 Half Dome, Yosemite watercolour 36.8 x 25.4 cm

1873 Hot Springs on the Shore of Yellowstone Lake watercolour 24.2 x 36.8 cm

1873 Lower Geyser Basin watercolour 24.1 x 34.9 cm

1873 Mary's Veil, A Waterfall in Utah oil on board 30.2 x 17.8 cm

1873 Moonlight, Devil's Den watercolour & gouache 32.4 x 25.1 cm

1873 Old Faithful watercolour 45.7 x 34.3 cm


1873-74 Shin-Au-Av-Tu-Weap (God Land), Cañon of the Colorado. Utah Ter watercolour 12.1 x 36.9 cm


1874 Cliffs of Green River oil on canvas

1874 Grand Canyon, Utah oil on paper 17.8 x 12.1 cm

1874 Yellowstone Lake watercolour 25.4 x 34.9 cm

c1874-75 Tower Falls and Sulphur Rock, Yellowstone watercolour 36.8 x 26.7 cm

1875 Mosquito Trail, Rocky Mountains of Colorado watercolour 24.8 x 36.2 cm

1875 Mountain of the Holy Cross oil on canvas 208.6 x 163.2 cm

1875 Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho oil on canvas

1875 Summit of the Sierras gouache on panel 35.9 x 25.1 cm

c1875 Fiercely the Red Sun Descending, Burned His Way across the Heavens oil on canvas 84.8 x 127.2 cm

1878 Fort George Island, Florida oil on canvas 22.9 x 30.8 cm

1878 Fort George Island, Florida oil on canvas 64.8 x 54.7 cm

1878 Ponce de Leon in Florida oil on canvas 160 x 292.1 cm

1879 Green River, Wyoming watercolour 21.6 x 34.3 cm

1879 Portneuf Canyon, Idaho watercolour 30.5 x 50.2 cm

1879 Tahoe watercolour & gouache 27.9 x 36.2 cm

1879 The Green River, Wyoming oil on canvas 66 x 157.5 cm
This view of The Green River River, Wyoming seems to have been a favourite of Morans - I thought I'd take a look at it today:




1879 The Ruby Range, Nevada watercolour & gouache 19.6 x 36.2 cm

1880 Fort George Island oil on canvas 27.9 x 40.6 cm

1880 Lower Manhattan from Communipaw, New Jersey oil on canvas 64 x 114.9 cm

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