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It is not uncommon for accomplished artists to, as time goes on, attempt to broaden their range or polish their technique with pieces that explore the boundaries of their style. As Thomas Moran’s career went on, we start to see an increasing number of paintings where, instead of attempting to produce a vista that was perfectly dramatic and striking in every way, he focuses on one or two aspects, which works in two distinct ways.
First, it allows the artist to explore certain facets of his work that would be difficult to focus on otherwise. These distractions could be due to either the composition becoming too busy or to one other aspect taking attention away from it, thus rendering the effort pointless. Further, because, by giving certain elements of the painting more focus, he can emulate the natural distortion created by the human eye, which to an extent guides the eye of the observer to experience the scene just like the artist perceived it.
Considering the pull exerted by J. W. M. Turner’s influence on Moran’s style over the years, it is very likely that Moran was following in the painter of light’s footsteps who, near the end of his career, began to produce paintings that had a similar optic effect.
In this oil on canvas, finished in 1917, Moran depicts a scene that is neither urban nor rural or wild, but instead a strange border between the two, where bridges and forts in ruins are being taken back by nature due to their abandonment. But the human constructions are not the focal point of the scene. Instead, we have in the foreground some lush vegetation, very detailed and well rendered leafy trees, framing a pair of Great Horned Owls, which is perched in the branches of one of the trees.
The owls, which would be a minor detail in the painting, are elevated to its main aspect, even though the light coming from behind they obfuscate their shape. The whole composition of the painting seems to be about them and to call attention to them, from the blurry shapes of the buildings and vegetation further in the background, to the framing branches around them. In fact, the whole composition and the relation between the objects in it function as to give the impression that the observer’s eyes are focused on the shapes of the birds.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Two Owls, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Two Owls 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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When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
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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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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