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A Gallery of the Art of Geology
The Art of Geology has been expressed by many painters and in many styles. In the United States, the Hudson River School is most noteworthy for seeking out the geologic wonders of the West. Moran and Church provide stunning examples of this style. Gauguin, of course, was an impressionist, but his evocative work conveys geologic information as well.

I find that the most fascinating aspects about such paintings from the early-to-late 1800's is that geologists were themselves just beginning to understand the underpinnings of geology. Many of the geologic concepts such superposition, erosion, and eruptions are evident in the art of the day.

These digital images were taken during visits to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Click on the thumbnails below to view a larger images.

Canyons

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The Grand Canyon–Moran

 

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The Grand Canyon–Moran

 

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone–Moran

Volcanoes

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Cotopaxi–Church

 

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The Eruption of Vesuvius–Pether

 

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Title unknown-Gauguin

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