Friday, March 16, 2007

Protecting Nature

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872 by Thomas Moran, Yellowstone National Park Museum.

Moran was another artist working in the same vein as Bierstadt. His paintings of the American West were even more idealized. His work was presented to Congress as evidence that Yellowstone needed to be protected as a National Park which caused them to establish the National Park Service in 1916.

1 comment:

Jim Macdonald said...

I love Yellowstone, and I love this work of art more than any other in the world. I really like the kind of realism Moran uses, one which is literally false (the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone does not actually look like this; there are several peculiar things in this painting), and yet it gives off a much greater reality of the experience than pretty much any photo I have ever seen.

I've spent hours just staring at a print of this, even with the real canyon nearby (I guess I was tired).

Thanks so much for sharing.


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