Thomas Moran Biography and Artwork

Thomas Moran was a highly acclaimed North-American painter during the 19th century. Born in Bolton, England, he was considered part of the second generation of great US landscape painters. He contributed significantly to the Hudson River School and the Rocky Mountain School. His vision of the Western landscape helped create Yellowstone National Park.

Moran’s artistic career began when he became an apprentice to a Philadelphia wood-engraving firm at a young age. He eventually started painting watercolors and landscapes and gained fame for his depictions of nature’s beauty. Moran’s originality allowed him to shift public consciousness towards important national identities like America’s wilderness through art.

One of his most famous paintings is “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” which depicts a vibrant and colorful interpretation of what many considered to be one of America’s greatest natural treasures. Having garnered praise from critics as well as artists such as Edgar Degas, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Gilbert Stuart; Moran remains one of the most influential figures in American art history until now.

All Thomas Moran Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Hot Springs Of Gardiner's River 1872 Watercolor
Fort George Island 1880 Oil On Canvas
Excelsior Geyser, Yellowstone Park 1873 Watercolor And Pencil On Paper
The Devil's Slide, Yellowstone 1871 Watercolor
The Devil's Den On Cascade Creek 1872 Watercolor
Cliffs Of The Upper Colorado River 1893-1901 Oil On Canvas
Children Of The Mountain 1867 Oil On Canvas
Smelting Works at Denver 1892 Watercolor
Golden Gateway to the Yellowstone 1893 Oil on Canvas
Autumn c. 1893-97 Oil on Canvas
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone 1904 Oil on Canvas
A Miracle of Nature 1913 Oil on Canvas
Mountain of the Holy Cross 1875 Oil on Canvas
Solitude 1897 Oil on Canvas
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