THOMAS MORAN, the well - known painter of Rocky Mountain scenery, was born in Lancashire, England, in 1837.
He came to America when a child, and showing artistic tastes, he was apprenticed to a wood engraver in Philadelphia..
Three years later he began landscape painting, and his style soon began to exhibit signs of genius. His first works
were water-colors, and though without an instructor he began the use of oils, he soon found it necessary to visit
Europe, where he gave particular attention to the works of Turner, He joined the Yellowstone Park exploring expedition
and visited the Rocky Mountains in 1871 and again in 1873, making numerous sketches of the scenery. The most noteworthy
results were his "Grand Canon of the Yellowstone," and "The Chasm of the Colorado," which were
purchased by congress at $10,000 each, the first of which is undoubtedly the finest landscape painting produced
in this country. Mr. Moran has subordihated art to nature, and the subjects he has chosen leave little ground for
fault finding on that account, "The Mountain of the Holy Cross," "The Groves Were God's First Temples,"
"The Cliffs of Green River," "The Children of the Mountain," "The Ripening of the Leaf,"
and others have given him additional fame, and while they do not equal in grandeur the first mentioned, in many
respects from an artistic standpoint they are superior.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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