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Lot 158
Michael Coleman (1946–Present)
Upper Geyser Basin - Steam and Clouds (2016)
oil on linen
21 1/8 x 36 in

“In 1871 the Hayden expedition set out to survey the sources of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, the area that was soon to become the nation’s first national park. Thomas Moran joined as artist of the team and depicted many of Yellowstone’s geologic features and landscapes. These depictions later proved essential in convincing the United States Congress to establish Yellowstone as a national park. In the same spirit Michael Coleman for almost four decades has sought to capture the heart and feeling of Yellowstone. His love of the outdoors endures in his passionate depictions of this historic place. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, ‘There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.’ Coleman looks to nature to find beauty in this life, his enthusiasm and love of his subject is a standard in American Art. Soft spoken in public his work speaks for him in almost all that he does. This piece is his tribute to the National Parks’ centennial.” – Nicholas Coleman (artist’s son)