Provenance: Newhouse Galleries, New York, 1937
J.B. Saunders, Houston, Texas, 1975
Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma William C. Foxley, California
J. N. Bartfield Galleries, New York
Private collection, Colorado
Private collection, Texas
The Russell: Sale to Benefit the CM Russell Museum, 2016
In the fall of 1870, while working for Scribner’s Monthly, Moran was asked to work up some crude sketches from the first scientific expedition to a place called Yellowstone. Excited by descriptions of the place, Moran secured a spot with the geological survey headed to Yellowstone and led by Ferdinand V. Hayden. Hayden’s report to Congress, William Henry Jackson’s photos, and Moran’s paintings, which would also be reproduced magnificently in stone lithographs by Louis Prang, would lead to the establishment of Yellowstone as our first national park. Moran’s last stop on that train in 1870 was a boom town beside the tracks, a place called Green River, Wyoming. Moran stepped off. The fantastic forms and colors of the rocks met his eye and fired his imagination. He would return to them again and again throughout his long career.
Painting has been lined. Scattered inpainting of fine craquelure in sky and in water below trees on left. Not visible to the naked eye.
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