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As well known as Thomas Moran is for his rich and colorful depictions of the American West, many of his admirers would not recognize much of his early work, especially considering that for many of the early years of his career he focused more on engraving and lithography. Indeed, it was with this piece, produced in 1864, that the artist’s style begun to consolidate itself as the awe-inspiring explosion of light and color it would be so well known for in the apex of his career.
The oil on canvas, measuring a little under eighty centimeters in height by a hundred and twenty in width, is now in possession of the Terra Foundation for American Art, who are very kind to keep it in a loan to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the general public can enjoy it. Thomas Moran himself often said that he considered this piece among his best work, and certainly, the best painted by him until that point in his career.
It portrays an idyllic landscape of countryside Pennsylvania, focusing around the eponymous creek, which leads into Philadelphia. Although the setting of the panorama could not have had been far from the urban area nearby, Moran decided to overtly omit the human influence in the area, except for the few pasture animals grazing lazily by the river, just as he did in many other renditions of the Wissahickon. Furthermore, the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the deadliest in recorded history, had happened not far from there just a few years before.
As such, it is telling that Thomas Moran made the conscious choice of, being contemporary with the event, and not portraying the violence and horrors of war, but instead a placid view of the same area where no one would be able to tell there even was a war in the first place. That is very much in line, of course, with the whole Romanticist ethos, espoused to an extent by the Hudson River School.
But the question hangs as to what encouraged Moran’s sudden change of style, and the answer is in his travels to Europe. Before visiting the old continent, the artist only had access to black and white reproductions of J. W. M. Turner’s work, who he admired greatly. Upon traveling to the Old World, Moran finally had contact with the wealth of colors that were Turner’s paintings, which changed his style forever.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Autumn On The Wissahickon, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Autumn On The Wissahickon that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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