The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Thomas Moran, 1872
Purchased by Congress in 1872; moved to the Dept of the Interior 1950
Formerly placed in Senate Lobby

Moran's vision of the west accords with that of his contemporaries. Although he took pains to portray the geology accurately, he admits that he had idealized the view of the canyon because his mission is to create art, not a topographical map. While he does render the rocks in geolgical accuracy, his overall purpose is to convey a personal impression of the view. The scale of the scene is in exaggerated proportions, and the details of the actual view of the canyon have been skewed to suit Moran's aesthetic vision.

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