Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday (fine) art: Thomas Moran

The Chasm of the Colorado

1873-1874 Thomas Moran Born: Bolton, England 1837 Died: Santa Barbara, California 1926 oil on canvas mounted on aluminum 84 3/8 x 144 3/4 in. (214.3 x 367.6 cm.) Remarks: Frame: 111 1/4 x 171 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum Lent by the Department of the Interior Museum L.1968.84.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Lobby

I typically don't post images of realistic landscapes, but I just love this one by Thomas Moran.  You need to see it at the museum because it's actually quite large.  I suggest you plant your feet in front of the painting, look longer than our A/D/D selves allow, and study every detail in order to appreciate how talented he was.  The storm is my favorite part.  Did you know Moran was a big influence in getting Yellowstone preserved as a national park?

Have a great friday,

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