Monday, September 26, 2011

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by True Tales and A Cherry On Top.

My selection is "Yellowstone Moran: painting the American West" by Lita Judge.

Frontier painters such as Frederick Remington, George Catlin and Charles M. Russell may be more familiar names, but Thomas Moran's trek into the Yellowstone wilderness as part of Dr. Ferdinand Hayden's expedition receives well-deserved attention in this visually stunning book. 

Judge does an excellent job of portraying the hardships endured and the determination with which Moran sketched and documented the amazing beauty and natural wonders of Yellowstone.

Judge's watercolors and the reproduction of Moran's painting, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, certainly explain how Moran's portrayals helped influence public opinion in favor of the creation of Yellowstone, America's first national park.

1 comment:

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Janet, Thanks for an interesting review -- I always like artist biographies.

And, thank you for participating in Nonfiction Monday.

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