It is easy to forget that landscape painting was not considered a respectable genre for many centuries, with artists focusing instead on religious topics as well as traditional portraits. This changed with the arrival of artists such as Claude Lorrain, followed by British painters Turner and Constable. There was now an acceptance of the merits of this art form, and a route was now open for the Hudson River School who themselves focused on the American countryside. This band of creative, nature-loving painters included Moran, alongside Bierstadt, Church and Cole. They are now amongst the most reproduced of all artists, generally in the form of small prints to hang in your home. This section discusses which original works you might select, and how you would go about customising the final product to best suit your own tastes.
The beautiful scenes found in Moran's paintings rely on the correct colour choices as well as the stunning scenery originally viewed by the artist. Most of these locations will remain almost entirely unchanged in the present day, meaning you will probably be able to visit them yourself. Artists, generations later, were able to follow in the footsteps of these great masters and attempt to produce their own versions of these classic artworks. They might even then hang them next to each other in their own homes, for the purposes of comparing the two different approaches. Others might even visit these locations and work with pencil in order to put together quick sketches of their own, before developing them into full scale paintings once they have returned home to their own studio.
Thomas Moran put a huge amount of detail into most of his paintings and a smaller print reproduction would unfortunately lose much of this. It is a better idea, therefore, to get at least a reasonably large copy to hang on your wall. If this is not possible, it might be worth looking for an artist with an alternative, simpler style. Some choose to put several prints together on the same wall, but larger choices will normally be by themselves. Online retailers offer a good selection of this artist's work, particularly those based in America, where the majority of his followers can be found. The members of the Hudson River School all passed away a considerable amount of time ago and therefore copyright should not be an issue to worry about when requesting copies of their work. This should also help to keep costs down, where as more recent artists (such as Rothko, Pollock and Basquiat) will require copyright permissions being purchased before one can sell prints of their original paintings.
The style used by all of these landscape painters would best be suited to a small, fairly simple frame around the printed reproduction. Those with smaller budgets may need to go for posters instead, but these will not be protected from wear and tear. One also gets a stunning, professional finish with a frame, and a small card placed inside will help to ensure that the original artwork receives all of the focus when guests arrive. More elaborate frame styles might be used for artists from the Rococo period, or perhaps elements of the Renaissance, but are entirely unnecessary for artists such as these. The original beauty of the location can speak entirely for itself, particularly when you add the brilliance of these artists on top, through their imagination, balance of colour and precise brushwork.