A biography of the painter thomas cole life paintings and views

They bought his works and found him patrons, assuring his future success. Other work[ edit ] Cole is best known for his work as an American landscape artist. Done on commissionthe finished works generated a disagreement with the owner about a public exhibition. He is also considered the father of the Hudson River School, despite never specifically aligning himself with that or any other group.

Summing up the power of Cole's work, his friend the author William Cullen Bryant stated in a eulogy delivered at the artist's funeral that "[t]he paintings of Cole are of that nature that it hardly transcends the proper use of language to call them acts of religion.

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He was trained by an itinerant portrait painter named Stein and then spent two years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He also painted the 4-part series, The Voyage of Life. This would prove to be his last major expedition, as he died in February the following year at the age of forty-seven. He died on February 11, A native of Coxsackie, New York, Reed was a successful local merchant who had moved to New York City and opened a private art gallery there. Photograph by Katie Chao. Cole took on a second student, Benjamin McConkey, on the same terms. Cole displayed his oil and canvas paintings in a bookstore window, and they began selling. This painting was also criticized by some commentators as being too similar to an engraving produced by John Martin for an edition of Milton's Paradise Lost

Shortly before he died, Cole began still another series, The Cross of the World, which was of a religious nature. The young artist felt an immediate sense of communion with the landscape of the area, which would remain with him throughout his life. An attack of pleurisy and congestion of his lungs followed.

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A second series, called The Voyage of Life begun , depicts a symbolic journey from infancy to old age in four scenes. The couple decided to move permanently to Catskill, whose surrounding landscapes were a rich source of inspiration for Cole. He previously served as Amazon. Robert J. He shows himself in communion with untamed American land, perhaps purposely keeping a distance from the land which has been transformed by human society. Interpreted as a meditation on the nature of life, death, and the passage of time, this was one of five paintings exhibited in New York City in November on Cole's return from his first major trip along the Hudson Valley. On August 7, , Cole traveled to Europe once more, visiting relatives in England. He also painted the 4-part series, The Voyage of Life. His influence on other American painters was profound. Anxious to create an epic series of paintings, and inspired by the Neoclassical masterpieces he had seen firsthand during his travels in Europe in , Cole nonetheless showed his unique ability through The Course of Empire to capture the American spirit in his work. He painted a significant portion of his work in this studio. In fact, the whole series was intended to serve as a warning about the over-weaning ambitions of Empire.

After becoming frustrated working in the family business, Cole taught art in a school for a brief period. InCole discovered the haunting beauty of the Catskill wilderness. Their acclaim amongst his contemporaries helped to ground his reputation as a painter of the American wilds; the writer William Dunlap purchased this piece, and published several articles praising Cole's self-taught painting techniques.

He stayed for weeks in Florence before going on to Rome, hiking much of the way.

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While Romantic landscape painting was a firmly-established tradition in Europe by the early 19th century, Thomas Cole was the first artist to forge a version of that style centered on, and inspired by, the North-American landscape.

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Biography of Thomas Cole