Aug 3, 2007

Thunderstorm Over the Great Plains, Near Cimarron, New Mexico

Thunderstorm Over the Great Plains, Near Cimarron, New Mexico

c. 1961 (printed after 1965)

Ansel Adams

(American, 1902–1984)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 36 x 48 cm (14 3/16 x 18 7/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.)

Gift of Photography in the Fine Arts 1965.333



One of the most important, well-known, and influential photographers of the 20th century, Adams is indelibly associated with visually stunning images of the unsoiled environment in the American West. This expansive scene is one of his iconic landscapes made around 1961 when he took a trip to Cimarron, New Mexico, visiting the Philmont Scout Ranch, which occupies some 137,500 acres of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From an elevated viewpoint, Adams celebrated the romanticized beauty and form and the ethereal western light of this vast, flat landscape. The irregular, white fluffy clouds, set off by the dark stormy sky, hover over the land like guardian figures.

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