Thomas Moran’s mountain views scaled to lofty heights at Christie’s

Thomas Moran, ‘Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming (Indian Summer. Green River. Wyoming),’ $2.7 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Thomas Moran, ‘Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming (Indian Summer. Green River. Wyoming),’ $2.7 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

NEW YORK – Indelible images of the West by the famed painter Thomas Moran led Christie’s sale of works assembled by the renowned connoisseur and environmentalist, Carl Knobloch. Stewards of the West: The Knobloch Collection, held on May 17, achieved a total of more than $21 million. As a whole, the collection sold 94% by value and 112% hammer above the low estimate.

The top three lots in the sale were by Moran. Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming (Indian Summer. Green River. Wyoming) led the sale, bringing $2,700,000; Grand Canyon, Colorado River more than doubled its high estimate to bring $2,340,000; and A Passing Shower in the Yellowstone Canon sold for $1,740,000.

Thomas Moran, ‘Grand Canyon, Colorado River,’ $2.3 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022


Thomas Moran, ‘Grand Canyon, Colorado River,’ $2.3 million. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Other notable works included John Trumbull’s depiction of George Washington, which brought $1,620,000, and George Catlin’s classic view of life on the plains, Buffalo Chase, A Surround by the Hidatsa, which achieved $1,197,000.

Head of American Art, Christie’s Tylee Abbott said: “It has been an honor to offer Carl Knobloch’s collection, which expresses his love and his care for America’s natural beauty. The majestic landscapes and dramatic moments depicted in these works are part of our nation’s heritage. It is a source of great satisfaction that the proceeds of this sale will support organizations that contribute to the ongoing conservation and broader appreciation of these landscapes.”

 

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