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Friday
Sep162016

Autumn - a la Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran - Autumn - c. 1893-97 - Oil on canvas - 76.2 x - 91.4 cm (30 x 36 in) - The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma (click photo for larger image)As we enter the Fall season—a painting of an autumn scene is in order! Hudson River School painter and printmaker Thomas Moran (1837-1926) is most well known for his idealized views of the American West. This son of poor immigrant hand-weavers was entirely self-taught. He got some training as an engraver and opened an engraving business with his two brothers. “But his heart was in painting, and his predilections intensely, youthfully Romantic.” Influenced by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Moran received international attention and acclaim for his portrayals of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.  

The Hudson River School encompasses two generations of painters, inspired by Thomas Cole’s images of America's wilderness - in the Hudson River Valley, and also in the newly opened West. The particular use of light effects, to lend an exaggerated drama to such elements as mist and sunsets, developed into a subspecialty known as Luminism.