Artful Insight on Thomas Moran

AMWA is so pleased to welcome a new Thomas Moran painting to our galleries that we’ve decided to focus on this incredible artist during our next Artful Insight!  Curator Darlene Dueck will speak about Moran and his background, beginning with some of the oldest Hudson River Style paintings in our Collection and featuring our new acquisition, The Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Moran first visited the Grand Canyon in 1873, describing it in a letter to his wife:

Detail: Thomas Moran, "The Grand Canyon of the Colorado"

Detail: Thomas Moran, “The Grand Canyon of the Colorado”

“The whole gorge for miles lay beneath us and it was by far the most awfully grand and impressive scene that I have ever yet seen. A suppressed sort of roar comes up constantly from the chasm but with that exception everything impresses you with an awful stillness.”

Moran visited the majestic scenery of the Grand Canyon often, and continued to paint the subject throughout his career. View this painting and surround yourself with many other inspiring images during a visit to the American Museum of Western Art–The Anschutz Collection.  For information on public hours and tour times, please see the Hours and Admission or Purchase Tickets section of this website or contact us at or 303-293-2000.

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