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Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran

Artist Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926) is often considered the pivotal figure in efforts to make Yellowstone a national park. In 1871, he accompanied F.V. Hayden’s geological survey of the area as guest artist and worked closely with photographer William H. Jackson. Ostensibly, Moran painted the extraordinary sights of the Yellowstone region, and Jackson’s images proved they existed—in case there was any question about Moran’s interpretation. Indeed, Moran (1837 – 1926) is often considered the pivotal figure in efforts to make Yellowstone a national park. In 1871, he accompanied F.V. Hayden’s geological survey of the area as guest artist and worked closely with photographer William H. Jackson. Ostensibly, Moran painted the extraordinary sights of Yellowstone, and Jackson’s images proved they existed—in case there was any question about Moran’s interpretation. “. . . Yellowstone retains its hold upon my imagination with a vividness of yesterday,” Moran would say about this unique landscape to which he often returned. “The impression then made upon me by the stupendous and remarkable manifestations of nature’s forces will remain with me as long as memory lasts.” In a letter to his wife dated July 26, 1892, Moran wrote about Yellowstone, “It is as glorious in color as ever and I was completely carried away by its magnificence. I think I can paint a better picture of it than the old one after I have made my sketches. I will not attempt to say anything about it as no words can express the faintest notion of it.”

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


Mammoth Hot Springs
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The Great Blue Sp...
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The Castle Geyser...
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Lower Yellowstone...
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Yellowstone Lake
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Tower Falls and S...
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Head of the Yello...
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The Grand Cañon,...
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The Towers of Tow...
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The Mountain of t...
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The Musquito Trai...
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Summit of the Sie...
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Great Falls of Sn...
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Valley of Babblin...
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The Great Salt La...
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Great Blue Spring...
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The Grand Canyon ...
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The Golden Gate, ...
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The Upper Yellows...
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