Painting and Nature Preservation: Yellowstone National Park


Painting was also important in making Americans aware of the beauty of the first national park.

Thomas Moran accompanied the Hayden expedition in 1871. Here a member of the geological survey, accompanied by a Native American, admires the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

This painting was important in the political process that led to the establishment of the first national park. Congress purchased the painting for $10,000, the most money ever paid for a painting up to that ime.

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872, National Museum of American Art