Painting and Nature Preservation: Yellowstone National Park


Dissatisfied with his first effort at painting the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Moran later made a new attempt.

This version is more sublime and less humanized. The first included humans and horses. In this one there are only rocks and plants, except for a single bird flying close to the bottom, a little right of center.

Congress also purchased this painting for a comparable sum of money.

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1893-1901, National Collection of Fine Art