The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is among the greatest wonders of the American West, and the area was an enduring source of inspiration for Moran's art until his death in 1926. Grand Canyon, Colorado River exemplifies the artist's approach to painting the canyon, in which his subject matter is instilled with mythical meaning unique to the American West.
Grand Canyon, Colorado River reflects Moran's skills as both a brilliant colorist and as a master of composition. The tints of the canyon walls are subtly defined with intense touches of color, yet the overall impression of the composition underscores the majesty and beauty of the landscape.
The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon never ceased to fascinate Moran. The canyon's ever-changing weather patterns and the brilliant effects of light coupled with the dramatic landscape of deep chasms and dramatic rock formations appealed to the artist's romantic sense of color and his concern for atmospheric effects. Works such as Grand Canyon, Colorado River that celebrated the national landscape were met with great critical acclaim during his day, and these paintings remain as testaments to his enduring love for the expansive and majestic American West.
This painting will be included in Stephen L. Good's and Phyllis Braff's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.