The Journey's End
oil on canvas, signed lower left "Edward Moran"
20 x 30 inches
Provenance: Quester Gallery, Stonington, Connecticut; Private Collection, Connecticut.
Edward Moran (1829-1901) was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1829. At the age of fifteen, Moran immigrated with his family to the United States. He first studied landscape and marine painting in Philadelphia under Paul Weber and James Hamilton and later returned to England to study at the Royal Academy in London. In 1872 he moved to New York City, which would, except for a brief move to France in the late 1870s, thenceforth be his primary city of residence.
Throughout the 1860s Moran exhibited at venues in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. In New York, Moran painted the city's harbor, then the busiest in the United States. New York Harbor provided him with inspiration for many paintings, with the port seen at different times of day and in a variety of weather conditions. He became known for his depictions of ships in stormy seas and was hired for private commissions by ship owners, Captains and members of the New York Yacht Club.
In The Journey's End, Moran paints a boat sailing directly out towards the viewer. The land is nearby, with a lighthouse in the background as the sun sets behind the sails. The pink sky over the blue green water are painted in a Luminst style. The sailboats visible in the distance indicate fair weather and good conditions. It is possible the boat is headed towards the busy New York harbor after a long trip.
In 1888 Moran published "Hints for Practical Study of Marine Painting" in the Art Amateur. His most ambitious endeavor was the creation of thirteen works entitled The Edward Moran Series of Historical Paintings Representing Important Epochs in the Maritime History of the United States, which he completed in 1898. At the time of his death in 1901, it was written that "(…) and none [artists], perhaps, have surpassed him as a painter of marines. It is as a painter of seascapes, doubtless, that he will live in fame."1
Moran's work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Chrysler Museum, National Museum of American Art, United States Naval Academy, Denver Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
1 Hugh W. Coleman, "Passing of a Famous Artist, Edward Moran," (Brush and Pencil, vol. 8, no. 4, July 1901), p. 188.
tags: oil painting, nautical, 19th century, lighthouse
Condition: Canvas: Lined
Condition: Very Good
Restoration: Very Minor
A repaired tear in the sails, other very minor scattered restoration mostly to edges. UV photos available upon request.
Framed dimensions - 31 3/4 x 42 x 5 inches
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