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Better known for his monumental depictions of the American West, Thomas Moran nonetheless had more than a few forays into diverse subject matters, albeit always within the theme of landscapes. Some of the most interesting among such incursions are his long drawn series of seascapes, nocturnal and otherwise, which he began producing in the 1890’s, but kept going back to every few years. That periodicity provides us now with some very interesting windows into the developments in his style and his development as an artist.
The series began being produced after Thomas Moran’s first return to Europe as an adult, accompanied by his brother, who was also an artist. In that occasion, they were able to experience the works of J. W. M. Turner, an artist who they held in high regard and on from whom they took much inspiration in the development of their style, in person for the first time. Until then, they had only had contact with Turner’s art through lithographic black and white reproductions and a few linearts, but their travels enabled them to truly grasp the richness of color and life employed by the painter of light in his work.
The change in Moran’s work after that trip is visible, and it set into motion a stylistic transformation that would help define not only the style of the Hudson River School but the American collective imaginary about the West as a whole. The details are the heralds of change, and that is the true value of Moran’s seascapes, like this oil on canvas, painted in 1902.
It is part of a greater production streak the artist was on in that year when he began once more departing from the American West as a subject matter and returned to painting Venice and the sea, just as he had done ten years before on his first return to Europe. Here we can see the artist experimenting with color and shape, for example.
Firstly, he chooses a less traditional palette for a night scene, in which azure tones would usually be predominant, going instead for a warmer colored sky and a greener ocean, implying more depth. Further, we can see a subtle difference in Moran’s brush stroke here, where he takes a harsher approach, with more vigorous and less organized strokes. Overall, a very interesting piece for admirers not only of Moran’s work or seascapes but of understanding the development of an artist as a whole.
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