Thomas Moran's paintings of the American West secured his place as one of the most important landscape painters of the late nineteenth century. His ... Show synopsis Thomas Moran's paintings of the American West secured his place as one of the most important landscape painters of the late nineteenth century. His interests, however, extended far beyond the American frontier. Images of Long Island, Europe, and Mexico attest to his frequent travels, while his urban and industrial scenes introduce a little-known aspect of his landscape oeuvre. Described by others as the "Father of the National Parks", Moran created the first paintings of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and in so doing defined the way Americans came to view those distinctive landscapes. This lavishly illustrated book -- a survey of Moran's work throughout his career -- presents more than one hundred of his works, reproduced in color, along with essays by leading authorities that explore his virtuosity in various fields. The book begins with an interpretive biographical essay by Nancy Anderson that is accompanied by a fully illustrated chronology. Thomas Bruhn then discusses Moran's etchings, engravings, and lithographs, and Joni Louise Kinsey describes Moran's career as an illustrator. The book also includes, for the first time, Moran's "Opus List"; it illustrates a portfolio of fifteen views commissioned by the Prang Chromolithographic Company; and it presents a firsthand account of Moran's 1873 trip to the Grand Canyon, written by a New York Times correspondent. This book will be the catalogue for an exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., on September 28, 1997, and traveling to the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, in February of 1998 and to the Seattle Art Museum in June of 1998.
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