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These Scenic Paintings of the Days of Yore Are So Soothing

 Even if we haven’t had the opportunity to visit the place, we’ve all marveled at the breathtaking beauty of Yellowstone National Park. But do you know that the credit for the park’s existence goes to American landscape painter Thomas Moran? His brilliant depiction of the geysers, waterfalls, and hot springs from the region in the 1870s through his delightful watercolor paintings convinced the U.S. Congress to formally create the country’s first national park and name it Yellowstone in 1892.

Born in the United Kingdom, Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926) is still fondly remembered for his lovely and alluring landscape watercolors. Apart from his obvious love for Yellowstone National Park, Moran also beautifully portrayed the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park several times. In fact, the 19th-century imagery of the American landscape is now synonymous with Thomas Moran’s works. He had an avid interest in wilderness studies from a young age and picturesque panoramas and innumerable other idyllic scenes of nature can be seen featured heavily in his works.

The artist's brilliant watercolors inspired and continue to motivate several budding artists. Now, let’s have a look at some of the finest and most enchanting watercolor paintings by Thomas Moran. These are so charming, they are sure to have a soothing effect on your soul.

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1. "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" (1904)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

2. "Conway Castle" (1882)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

3. "Passing Shower" (circa the 1880s)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

4. "Romantic Landscape" (1885)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

5. "Winter in the Rockies" (1867)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

6. "Shoshone Falls on the Snake River" (1900)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

7. "The Entrance to the Grand Canal" (1900)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

8. "East Hampton, Long Island" (1897)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

9. "Point Lobos, Monterey, California" (1912)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

10. "Woodland Temple" (1867)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

11. "An Angry Sea" (1887)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

12. "Mosquito Trail" (1874)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

13. "Grand Canyon of the Colorado River" (1892 and 1908)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

14. "Shoshone Falls on the Snake River" (1900)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

15. "Under the Trees" (1865)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

16. "The Golden Hour" (1875)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

17. "Venice" (1898)

Watercolors by Thomas Moran,Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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