Artistic landscapes provide the viewer with the awesome sense of nature's majestic beauty. Landscapes of wide, open spaces, often not littered by people or any traces of civilization such as buildings, wires, transportation methods and the like, are reminders of the visual aesthetics of untouched land.
Landscapes have the power to capture the imagination and inspire monumental life-changing decisions. Exploration of the American West occurred simultaneously with the invention of photography and ability to reproduce prints. This photographic evidence, accompanied by the paintings of artists, such as Thomas Moran who accompanied surveying expeditions, inspired massive migration to the "Wild West" and fueled the nation's identity and sense of providential success.