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Finished in 1870, a year before the artist’s famous travel to Yellowstone, which would eventually result in the creation of the national park, this oil on canvas belongs to a period of the artist’s work where the influence of J. M. W. Turner was at its height. Now held by private collectors, this relatively small oil on canvas is a product of the outset of the British Thomas Moran’s career as one of the great painters of American landscapes.
Eventually known as one the greatest members of the Hudson River School, in 1870 Thomas Moran was still in the act of building an artistic career for himself. Initially working more with engravings and lithographs, processes which he is said to have described as tedious, the British born artist had taken more of an interest in oils and watercolors in the preceding years, even travelling back to England in order to study the work of J. M. W. Turner, from whom he would draw much inspiration.
As such, this piece can be considered an early result of those studies of the work produced by “the painter of light.” Portrayed here is a bright and extremely detailed woodland scene, representing to landscapes what a close up would be to portraiture, since, instead of depicting a wide open space, the artist elects to paint a scene enclosed by trees and vegetation. Rather than a portrayal of a forest as a whole topographic feature, Thomas Moran produces a view from the forest floor, teeming with life and color as it is, with its creepers covering every available inch of ground and what seems like mallards gathering around a creek.
The composition of the painting is divided down the middle by the aforementioned body of water, which guides the observer’s eye like a path, with the asymmetry between the right and left sides adding extra dynamism to the way the painting reads. This feeling of a path to be followed is reinforced by the color of the vegetation, which changes from the foreground to the background of the painting from a summery green to a sultry autumnal orange.
The transition beckons the viewer to venture into the lush landscape, as if Moran already knew what adventures awaited him in Yellowstone and beyond and wanted to invite those who appreciated his art to follow him.
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