The National Museum of Wildlife art recently acquired their first permanent Thomas Moran painting. Photo: Thomas Moran (England, 1837 - 1926), Eternal Snows of Mount Moran, Teton Range, c. 1912. Oil on canvas. 25 x 30 inches. Gift of Lynn and Foster Friess.

JACKSON, Wyo. — The National Museum of Wildlife Art recently received their first Thomas Moran oil painting, Eternal Snows of Mount Moran, Teton Range, the first for the museum’s permanent collection.

In the past, the museum displayed work by Moran but those pieces were on loan. Eternal Snows of Mount Moran, Teton Range was gifted by Lynn and the late Foster Friess.

“Lynn and Foster have significantly supported the museum almost from its founding in 1987. Lynn provided her time and talents for several years serving as a Trustee and as a Chair of the Board. We are grateful to Lynn and Foster for their continued support of the museum,” said Steve Seamons museum director.

Moran joined the Hayden expedition of 1871 and the work he created on that trip has been attributed to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park is named for the artist.

Director of Marketing, Madison Webb said, “For the first time visitors will be able to view Moran’s depiction of his namesake peak just a few minutes drive from the mountain itself. It is an honor for the museum to bring this piece home, and to share it with the public.”

While there aren’t many depictions of the Tetons by Moran, one of the most notable resides in the
White House, and another at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eternal Snows of Mount Moran is on display now.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.