Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1872) by Thomas Moran

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - Thomas Moran - 1904

Artwork Information

TitleGrand Canyon of the Yellowstone
ArtistThomas Moran
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions213.4 x 365.8 cm (84 x 144 in)
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI, US
Location Created United States

About Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The artwork “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” is a seminal oil on canvas painting created by the esteemed artist Thomas Moran in 1904. It measures 213.4 cm by 365.8 cm (approximately 84 x 144 inches) and falls within the Romanticism movement. This landscape masterpiece is preserved at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. The scene captured in the painting portrays a grandiose view of the famed Yellowstone Canyon, testament to Moran’s knack for encapsulating the sublime natural beauty of the American West.

The painting depicts the vast and rugged terrain of the canyon with a dramatic and vivid portrayal of light and shadow, which enhances the depth and texture of the rocks and cliffs. The horizon is vast, suggesting the immensity of the landscape. A waterfall can be seen in the distance, adding to the sense of scale and natural grandeur that the canvas conveys. The use of rich and warm colors captures the dynamic play of sunlight across the geological formations, illuminating the cliffs and emphasizing their formidable details. The atmospheric perspective implemented by Moran gives the artwork a sense of mystique and depth, truly embodying the spirit of Romanticism with its emphasis on the awe-inspiring power of nature.

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