Thomas Moran
“Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming”
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 in.

The C.M. Russell Museum is pleased to announce that an oil painting by Thomas Moran has been consigned to the LiveAuction on March 19, 2016, part of “The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum,” proudly sponsored by BNSF Railway.

Thomas Moran (1837-1926) was a British-born painter and printmaker who became one of the pre-eminent artists of the American West. In 1871, as a member of the Hayden Geological Survey, he recorded the glories of the area that Congress set aside as Yellowstone National Park in 1872.  One subject Moran interpreted time and again was the Green River in Wyoming. Measuring 20 x 30 inches, Castle Rock,Green River, Wyoming (1907) is an exceptional example of his treatment of the subject, depicting the majestic butte rising above the wide and placid bends of the fog-bound river. This spectacular piece of western art has the potential to gavel at the highest value for a single work in the history of The Russell.

The Russell is the premiere fundraising event for the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, attracting artists, collectors, and patrons from around the country. The three-day schedule of events and exhibitions culminates in a black tie live auction featuring important pieces by Charles M. Russell, Thomas Moran, and other historic artists. This sale also showcases new work by the country’s most acclaimed contemporary western artists. The Russell, recognized as one of the most prestigious western art events in the country, provides critical funding through commissions and premiums that directly support the C.M. Russell Museum’s educational programs and cultural outreach to ensure the legacy of Charles M. Russell lives on for future generations.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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