|Thomas Moran Gallery
|Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
In 1871 Moran went west with the Hayden Expedition to record the wonders of the Yellowstone area, making annotated drawings and watercolors later used to illustrate articles in the popular press as well as the official report. Moran's watercolors convinced the U. S. Congress to set this area aside as America's first national park.
Cliff Dwellers, 1899, Berea College, Kentucky
National Gallery of Art
Well into the twentieth century, Moran continued producing works that reflected his travels in the West. Among these were a group of paintings showing the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the ancient people who had once lived in the American southwest.
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