Thomas Moran (American (born England), Bolton, Lancashire 1837–1926 Santa Barbara, California)
Oil on canvas
30 x 45 in. (76.2 x 114.3 cm)
Bequest of Moses Tanenbaum, 1937
As Albert Bierstadt claimed the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada for his art, so Moran made the Yellowstone region and the Grand Canyon his signature subjects. His dazzling paintings and illustrations of Yellowstone led directly to its designation in 1872 as the first national park. A native Briton and an ardent admirer of the English painter J. M. W. Turner, Moran orchestrated dynamic form and prismatic color into visual anthems to America’s scenic splendors—such as this dramatic view of the Tetons, located just south of Yellowstone and characterized by one of the country’s most picturesque mountain profiles.