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A Mexican Hacienda, Lake Cuitzeo

1885 Thomas Moran Born: Bolton, England 1837 Died: Santa Barbara, California 1926 oil on wood 15 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (39.4 x 32.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service 1968.120.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 13B

Luce Center Label

Thomas Moran traveled to Cuba and Mexico in 1883, making many sketches of the landscape. In this image, we gaze through an archway of dark trees to a sunny hacienda on the banks of Lake Cuitzeo. In the foreground a lone figure sits in deep shadows by a pool of water. This intimate scene, which emphasizes the beauty and quietness of nature on a small scale, is very different from the dramatic panoramas of mountains and canyons that were Moran’s trademark.


Landscape - lake - Lake Cuitzeo

Landscape - Mexico

Landscape - water

Waterscape - boat


paint - oil