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By the year 1900, Thomas Moran had already achieved much in his career as an artist. He had not only excelled in technique but also had brought the public’s attention to the North American nature, which was greatly influential in the creation of the Yellowstone and Yosemite Parks. He had also sold to the United States Government one of the most expensive American paintings so far, which was a feat in and of itself. As such, Moran now turned his hand to other great American landmarks, to use his clout for the good of nature once again.
Moran’s relationship with the Shoshone Falls started in 1875, 25 years before the production of this oil on canvas, when he was hired to produce a deluxe portfolio of Western American landscapes, to be published with lengthy descriptions by his travel mate Ferdinand Hayden. The original watercolors for that are in the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia, but they fail to do justice to the real thing. That is because Moran painted the watercolors without having ever visited the place, basing it only on pictures and Hayden’s descriptions.
Years later, Moran would be able to visit the Shoshone Falls, which resulted in this piece. Now in possession of the Gilcrease Museum, in Tulsa, the gigantic landscape is a much more evocative work, measuring over 4 meters in length and 2 meters in height, portraying what has been called the Niagara of the West with dramatic lighting, framed by ominous clouds and the rising mist from its violent descent.
In fact, the piece has often been compared to Frederic Edwin Church’s Niagara Falls 1857, not only regarding its subject matter but also its composition and choice of color palette. Moran’s work bears a near Romanticist drama to it, effectively ascribing emotion to an inanimate landscape made to appear like it was Eden itself, which is precisely what marks his body of work as belonging to the Hudson River School.
More than a documental work of the American West natural beauty, Moran and his peers made that beauty into a character of American History and in the American imaginary. By doing so, Moran was able to safeguard many of those natural beauties, like he did with the Yellowstone Park, and was here trying to do with the Shoshone Falls.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Shoshone Falls on the Snake River 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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Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
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