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Thomas Moran

Place of birth

Bolton, Lancashire, England

Date of Birth

February 12, 1837

Date of Death

August 25, 1926 (aged 89)


American, born in England, and raised in Pennsylvania, USA


Landscape painting


Hudson River School, Rocky Mountain School

Thomas Moran was an American landscape painter who was born in 1837 and died in 1926. He was born into a Quaker family in Bolton, England and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844. After his family settled in Philadelphia, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. He was also part of the Hudson River School, a group of painters who painted the American landscape with a romantic vision.

Moran was primarily known for his large-scale panoramic vistas of the American West, particularly the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. He was the first artist to paint the Grand Canyon in its entirety, in 1873. His work was instrumental in raising public awareness of the need to preserve these natural wonders. He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to be the official painter of the US Geological Survey in 1871, and he accompanied John Wesley Powell on his 1871 expedition to explore the Colorado River. Moran's paintings were praised for their vivid colors and sweeping landscapes.

He was able to capture the grandeur of the American West, and his paintings were often used to promote tourism and the settlement of the West. He was also a master of light and shadow, and his paintings often featured dramatic sunsets and night scenes. Moran was a prolific artist who created over 2,000 paintings and sketches throughout his career. His works are held in many prestigious collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.

He was also a highly sought-after teacher, and his students included such notable artists as Georgia O'Keeffe and John Singer Sargent. Thomas Moran's work had a profound impact on the American landscape painting tradition. He inspired many artists to explore the American West and paint its vast, untamed beauty. His paintings are a testament to the beauty and power of nature, and his contributions to American art are remembered to this day.

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