On the Edge of a New Perception: The Art of Moran and Watkins

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Lauren Elizabeth Ehrmann

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This essay examines the ways in which views about documentation and representation were shifting in mid-nineteenth-century America, using Thomas Moran’s The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1872) and Carleton Watkins’s Grizzly Giant (1861) as case studies. The work of Moran and Watkins demonstrates an interest in utilizing and uniting concepts of the sublime and the scientific with economic concerns. The goal of the paper is to demonstrate that the advent of photography caused landscape artists and photographers to reexamine the ways in which they chose to portray landscapes, specifically the landscapes of the American West.


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Ehrmann, L. (2017). On the Edge of a New Perception: The Art of Moran and Watkins. IU Journal of Undergraduate Research, 3(1), 18-23. https://doi.org/10.14434/iujur.v3i1.23324
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Humanities