Lot 69
  • 69

Thomas Moran

500,000 - 700,000 USD
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  • Thomas Moran
  • Sunset on Long Island
  • signed TMoran, N.A. and dated 1901 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 30 by 40 1/4 inches
  • (76.2 by 102.2 cm)


Hammer Galleries, New York
Private collection (sold: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, December 6, 1984, lot 73, illustrated)
Alexander Gallery, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired by the present owner from the above


East Hampton, New York, Guild Hall, The Moran Family Legacy, October 1997-January 1998


William Gerdts, "The Paintings of Thomas Moran: Source and Style," The Magazine Antiques, vol. 84, no. 2, February 1964, p. 204, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Thomas Moran designed and built a home and studio in East Hampton, New York, in 1884. East Hampton became his permanent residence thereafter and Moran often painted the scenic landscape at the eastern end of Long Island. In a letter discussing the present work, The artist wrote: "The subject was taken from a pond near the Village of Water Mill about ten miles from Easthampton, Long Island, my summer home (and) studio. It is eminently characteristic of the scenes at the far end of the island, (and) I esteem it among the best of my works." 

According to Phyllis Braff, “Moran’s reputation as a painter of resonant, luminous effects can be linked, in part, to the atmospheric conditions he included in his paintings of this region. The area’s low terrain adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean provided an opportunity for the artist to add dramatic, water-enhanced reflections for compositions with large unbroken skies."

Of the Long Island paintings, Braff continues, saying, “In his concerns with observing the time of day, or the seasons, he often implies symbolic readings for these themes. Moran had begun to address the challenge of translating atmospheric characteristics of art into pigment early in his early career."  Executed in 1901, Sunset on Long Island is one of several paintings that illustrate Moran’s interest in natural phenomena. The changing color of the sky at sunset, from fiery orange to violet, contrasts with the deep greens and browns of the vegetation, and is further emphasized by the sky’s reflection in the water. In Sunset on Long Island, sky, water, and land intersect, offering a glimpse into the unspoiled and romantic scenery of Long Island