Likely created from a drawing Thomas Moran made during his 1881 tour of Colorado, Falls at Toltec Gorge depicts a churning waterfall deep in a forested wilderness. The white cascading water, in its constant state of movement, disappears into the narrow rocky chasm, as a purplish-gray cloud of mist rises in turn. Waterfalls were a feature of many of the artist's monumental Western landscapes. In Falls at Toltec Gorge, Moran adopts a closer perspective on the dynamic natural feature, producing a work with such sensory impact that viewers can see and even imagine that they hear the water as it spills downward.


  • Title: Falls at Toltec Gorge
  • Creator: Thomas Moran
  • Date Created: 1913
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 × 30 in. (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Object Credit: Gift of the Norma Burford Estate

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