August, 2014: 19th century painters of the Hudson River School are honored on the latest issue of American Treasures stamps. One of those artists is Thomas Moran who was instrumental in the National Parks movement.
Although most famous for his paintings of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon with the Lower Falls, he also did paintings of the Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde in SW Colorado, Yosemite in California, Zion in Utah, and the Grand Canyon National Park area in Arizona. His 1912 painting of the Grand Canyon is one of four in the set of Hudson River School Forever Stamps, now available at the U.S. Post Office.
The Hudson River School was a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters and nature writers whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. This vision was shared by such greats as Thomas Moran, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole.
The Moran painting chosen for this stamp was cropped and was one in a series. You can see the original image and a photo gallery of other Thomas Moran paintings at http://www.museumsyndicate.com/artist.php?artist=543
Read about the stamp set at http://uspsstamps.com/stamps/hudson-river-school