A LOOK BACK AT THE BEAUTY OF THE NATURAL WEST - TERRI BURKHARDT

This gallery contains artwork from the Realism period (1848-1900) and the Expressionism period (1900-1935) when its artist, Thomas Moran worked for the National Parks Service. The works contained in this gallery are mostly oil on canvas paintings of different locations in Yosemite National Park as well as locations in Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado. The paintings showcase the mountains and rock formations as well as the manner that the sunlight showcases them.

This piece of artwork is an oil on canvas painting measuring 50.8 x 76.2cm. The cliffs of Green River in Southwest Wyoming is showcased in this image. The way the sunlight is striking the mountains/rock formations as well as the water gives an appearance of the image glistening and fresh. The colors used in the painting gives the image depth and contrast. The image of the cowboy in the foreground leads the viewer to believe that the rock formations in the background are huge. This is a way of displaying the proportions of the different pieces of the image.
"The Falls at Toltec Gorge" is a moody piece of art. This is an oil on canvas painting but the darkness of the colors used in the image as well as the setting of the image makes it a dramatic piece. The appearance of the falls is an impressive presence. The manner that the sunlight is striking the face of the mountain draws the viewer's eye to the background of the painting instead of letting the viewer stop at the waterfall. The viewer is drawn to looking further into the woods.
This oil on canvas painting measuring 84.8 x 127.2cm displays the fierceness of the brightness of the sun. The rock formations in the background are muted in this image by the clouds partially covering them. The golden color of the sun descending from the sky reflects brightly off the water in the foreground and midground of the image, making it appear to be shimmering. The image has a rough looking texture to it.
This painting is muted compared to its predecessors in this gallery. The subtle tones and colors used in this image gives it a cool sense of temperature. The dark accents in the midground and background of the image help accentuate the mountains and also assists in guiding the viewer's eyes to the snow-covered mountain top and the hints of blue sky in the background of the image.
This image is different from all the others in this gallery. This image is a brown etching on wove paper. The sketching gives the image a stark appearance. The use of the darker shades for the trees and flora in the foreground of the image gives weight to the image and makes the rock formation appear as if it is in a clearing. The viewer has a clean view of the rock formation in the background of the image.
This painting is an oil on canvas measuring 63.5 x 76.2cm. The variety of shades of colors used in this painting is very useful. The darker colors used for the flora in the foreground of the image gives the image weight while the lighter shades used in the background of the image gives the sensation of airiness. The cloudiness lends to allowing the sunlight highlight the face of the rock formations. The subtlety of the rainbow in the background doesn't distract due from the image. As a matter of fact, the viewer might actually have to look for the rainbow.
This painting is an oil on canvas measuring 64.17 x 82.28in. The Mountain of the Holy Cross is located in Colorado. The varied shades of blue, white and grey that are used in this image helps give it a cool fresh sense. The image looks like it's a cold day and with the way the water is coming down the falls from midground to the foreground of the image, you can almost feel the cold mist hit your face. The sky appears like it's about to snow due to the heaviness of the clouds in the background of the image, which reinforces the coolness of this image.
"The Golden Hour" is an oil on canvas painting measuring 41.9 x 52.4cm. This image was painted in a location in Southwest Wyoming. The rich colors used in this image gives the image a warmth that isn't present in other images painted by Moran. The reflection of the rock formation off the water gives the image balance.
This painting is an oil on canvas. The rich vibrant shades of color combined with the light muted shades appear to ask for the viewer's eyes to wander all over the image. From the foreground to the background of the image the elements seem to be pretty balanced. However, from left to right, it's not quite balanced. The left side of the image has a heavier feel to it due to the dark shades used for the trees/bushes. The right side of the image is lighter both in weight and in color. The right side of the image has a cleaner appearance than the left side does.
"Hot Springs of the Yellowstone" is an oil on canvas painting measuring 41.0 x 76.0cm. The colors used in this image gives it a clean appearance but the gold shade that is used in the rocks in the foreground of the image gives the image a sense of warmth. The image is balanced between the warm shades and the cool shades used in the image. The white of the snow is broken by the blue of the pool of water at the foot of the rock formation in the background. The viewer's eyes are drawn to the background of the image to see what appears to be possibly the refraction of light coming out of the clouds near the rock formation.
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