Edward Moran


This is an original oil on canvas painting of a sailing ship in moonlight. This painting is signed Edward Moran lower left corner. The canvas measures 20X16 inches. It comes housed in a period gilt deep frame. Born in England, Edward Moran is best known for his marine paintings, and is credited with the Moran family's entry into the art world.
He and his brother studied and shared a studio in Philadelphia and then both returned for a time to England. While there they were heavily influenced by the paintings of J M W Turner
Edward was known for his silvery tones and loose accents of light. He developed a style based primarily upon English painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Edward Moran's forte was seascapes. His Hints for Practical Study of Marine Paintingwere published in issues of Art Amateur in 1888, and reflected his expertise on the subject. A beautiful combination the darkness of the sea at night with the rising moon just behind.


This is an original oil on canvas painting by American artist Edward Moran.  This view of Fishing boats at sunset is clearly signed lower left corner.  The canvas measures 9 1/2X20 inches.  Framed in an early Walnut molding. 

"Seascapes were Moran's forté.  By the 1880s, the artist was considered such an expert on the subject that his "hints for practical study' of marine painting were published in the September and November, 1888, issues of the Art Amateur.  After his death, an admirer wrote that "As a painter of the sea in its many moods and phases, Edward Moran ... had no superior in America."

"Edward Moran moved with his family to New York City in 1870.  During this time, New York harbor was bustling with marine traffic.  While in New York, Moran had the opportunity to work with the luminist artists John F. Kensett, Martin Johnson Heade and Sanford R. Gifford, who all exhibited regularly at the National Academy of Design.  Moran quickly absorbed the concepts of luminism and for several years experimented with this aesthetic.  As a result, in the early 1870's his palette brightens, his compositions are simpler, and the light in his paintings is more atmospheric."