Thomas Moran and Yellowstone National Park

Selected Bibliography

Selected Works

Anderson, Nancy K. Thomas Moran. Washington, DC and New Haven: National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 1997.

Catalog of an exhibition of Moran’s art with extensive documentation on the artist’s life and career. Many color illustrations.

Bedell, Rebecca. The Anatomy of Nature: Geology & American Landscape Painting, 1825 -1875. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Boehme, Sarah E. Yellowstone Paintings: Artistic Discoveries, Hard Rides, and Golden Vistas, in Greater Yellowstone Public Lands: A Century of Discovery, Hard Lessons, and Bright Prospects, edited by Alice Wondrak Biel, 34-45. Yellowstone National Park, WY: Yellowstone Center for Resources, 2006.

Clark, Carol. Thomas Moran: Watercolors of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press for the Amon Carter Museum, 1980.

Haines, Aubrey L. The Yellowstone Story: A History of Our First National Park. Revised edition. Yellowstone National Park, WY: Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History & Education, Inc; Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado, 1996.

This two-volume publication traces the history of the Yellowstone region, including prehistoric times, its establishment as a national park, military administration, and more recent developments of the park under the National Park Service.

Hassrick, Peter. Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America’s First National Park. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.

Important recent publication. Explores generations of artists who captured the wonders of Yellowstone.

Hayden, Ferdinand V. The Yellowstone National Park and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Tulsa, OK: Thomas Gilcrease Museum Association, 1997.

Reprint of the volume originally published in 1876 by L. Prang & Company.

Illustrated with 15 chromolithographs based upon watercolors by Thomas Moran. Moran was an un-official member of the 1871 Hayden survey expedition.

Kinsey, Joni. Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Important analysis of Moran’s work at Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and the Mount of the Holy Cross.

Kinsey, Joni. Thomas Moran’s West: Chromolithography, High Art, and Popular Taste. Lawrence: Published for Joslyn Art Museum by the University Press of Kansas, 2006.

Excellent account of the history of Moran’s portfolio of chromolithographs of Yellowstone and other western scenes.

A Portfolio of Watercolor Sketches by Thomas Moran: Selected from the Collections of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Introduction by Peter Hassrick. Yellowstone National Park, WY: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Associations, 1999.

Eight reproductions of Moran’s watercolor sketches of these two National Parks.

Merrill, Marlene Deahl, ed. Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters, and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Morand, Anne. The Poetry of Place: Works on Paper by Thomas Moran from the Gilcrease Museum. New York: American Federation of Arts, 2001.

Morand, Anne. Thomas Moran: The Field Sketches, 1856-1923. Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press for the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, 1996.

Morand, Anne and Nancy Friese. The Prints of Thomas Moran in the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art. Tulsa, OK: Thomas Gilcrease Museum Association, 1986.

Includes information on printmaking processes.

Watercolor Sketches of Thomas Moran: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Introduction by Peter Hassrick. [Moose, WY]: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Associations, 1991.

Portfolio of reproductions of Moran’s sketches of Yellowstone and Tetons.

Whitney Gallery and Education Department, Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Influences of Art in Yellowstone, [web site] Yellowstone National Park, WY: National Park Service, 2002.

This electronic fieldtrip, designed for grades 5-8, appeals to all ages. The tour explores how the beauty of nature inspires artists.

Whittlesey, Lee H. A Brief Look at Moran Point and Artist Point Yellowstone Science 14 (2006): 7-12.

A discussion of the origin of the name of Artist and Moran Points.

Wilkins, Thurman with Caroline Lawson Hinkley. Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains. 2nd edition, revised & enlarged. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998.

The most complete biography of Moran. Selected titles may be available for purchase in the Museum Store. For Museum Store information call 409-886-2787 ext. 3013.You can also consult your local library. Books not in the holdings of your local library can often be borrowed through inter-library loan.

Adapted from Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center
by Stark Museum of Art, Research Library
712 Green Avenue, Orange, TX 77630. January 2008.