Edward Moran USA
8-19-1829 Bolton, ENG - 6-8-1901 New York, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Edward Moran apprenticed in Philadelphia around 1845 under James Hamilton and landscape painter Paul Weber; Hamilton guided Moran specifically in the style of marine paintings. In the 1850s Moran began to make a name for himself in the Philadelphia artistic scene; working in the same studio as his younger brother, famous American painter Thomas Moran. In 1862, he traveled to London and became a pupil in the Royal Academy. After moving back to Philadelphia, Moran married Annette Parmentier, his second wife, whom he also apprenticed as a landscape artist in her own right.
One of Edward Moran more well-known exhibits, titled Land and Sea, showed 75 of his landscape and marine paintings in March 1871; these paintings were later illustrated in a catalog by the same name. Proceeds from the exhibit, the catalog, and the sale of another painting (The Relief Ship Entering Havre) were donated by Moran to aid the sufferers of the Franco-Prussian war.
In 1885, at the height of his career, Edward Moran began on what would be considered his most important work - a series of 13 paintings representing the Marine History of the United States. The subjects include Leif Ericsson, Christopher Columbus, Hernando de Soto, Henry Hudson, and Admiral Dewey, among others. Not long after their completion, the series was displayed at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.
Edward Moran lived in New York City until his death in 1901. Although he had given the series of thirteen paintings to his wife several years before, a legal battle ensued after his death over ownership of the paintings: the executor of Moran's estate refused to hand them over, declaring that they were rightfully under his protection. The Supreme Court in New York City eventually judged in favor of Moran's widow.
At the time of his death, Edward Moran was widely considered to be one of the most important 19th century marine painters. Today he is not as well-known, eclipsed by the work of his younger brother, Thomas Moran, whose career he helped launch.
Influences: James Hamilton, Paul Weber
Influenced: Thomas Moran, Edward Percy Moran, Annette Parmentier