Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River, Wyoming Territory

  • Thomas Moran, Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River, Wyoming Territory, 1882, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design, 1936.12.4

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Thomas Moran made several trips to the Green River beginning in the early 1870s. This area, which is also known as the Upper Colorado, was populated by 1882 due to the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Moran chose to paint the river and surrounding cliffs without the houses and settlers, however, and instead painted a small group of Native Americans on horseback. The small group of people together with the dramatic thunderstorm in the background emphasizes the sheer power and scale of the wilderness landscape.

Title
Cliffs of the Upper Colorado River, Wyoming Territory
Artist
Date
1882
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
16 x 24 in. (40.5 x 61.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – river – Colorado River
  • Landscape – Wyoming
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Figure group – male
  • Landscape – mountain
Object Number
1936.12.4
Palette
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