Thomas Cole


Thomas Cole

Infobox Artist
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caption = Thomas Cole, ca. 1844-48
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birthdate = birth date|1801|2|1
location = Bolton, Lancashire, England
deathdate = death date and age|1848|2|11|1801|2|1
deathplace = Catskill, New York
nationality = English
field = painting
training =
movement = Hudson River School
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patrons =
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influenced =Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church
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Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 - February 11, 1848) was a 19th century American artist. He is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. Cole's Hudson River School, as well as his own work, was known for its realistic and detailed portrayal of American landscape and wilderness, which feature themes of romanticism and naturalism.

Early life and education

He was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England. In 1818 his family emigrated to the United States, settling in Steubenville, Ohio, where Cole learned the rudiments of his profession from a wandering portrait painter named Stein. However, he had little success painting portraits, and his interest shifted to landscape. Moving to Pittsburgh in 1823 and then to Philadelphia in 1824, where he drew from casts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he rejoined his parents and sister in New York City early in 1825.

Painting

In New York he sold three paintings to George W. Bruen, who financed a summer trip to the Hudson Valley where he visited the Catskill Mountain House and painted the ruins of Fort Putnam. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1026/is_5_166/ai_n8700481 Thomas Cole's View of Fort Putnam | Magazine Antiques | Find Articles at BNET ] ] [http://hamiltonauctiongalleries.com/COLE-T25FP.jpg] Returning to New York he displayed three landscapes in the window of a bookstore; according to the New York Evening Post, [ [http://hamiltonauctiongalleries.com/Cole.htm Thomas Cole ] ] this garnered Cole the attention of John Trumbull, Asher B. Durand, and William Dunlap. Trumbull was especially impressed with the work of the young artist and sought him out, bought one of his paintings, and put him into contact with a number of his wealthy friends including Robert Gilmor of Baltimore and Daniel Wadsworth of Hartford, who became important patrons of the artist.

Cole was primarily a painter of landscapes, but he also painted allegorical works. The most famous of these are the five-part series, The Course of Empire, now in the collection of the New York Historical Society and the four-part The Voyage of Life. There are two versions of the latter, one at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the other at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York.

Cole influenced his artistic peers, especially Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church, who studied with Cole from 1844 to 1846. Cole spent the years 1829 to 1832 and 1841-1842 abroad, mainly in England and Italy; in Florence he lived with the sculptor Horatio Greenough.

Catskills

After 1827 he maintained a studio at the farm called Cedar Grove in the town of Catskill, New York. He painted a significant portion of his work in this studio. In 1836 he married Maria Bartow of Catskill, a niece of the owner, and became a year-round resident. He died at Catskill on February 11, 1848. The fourth highest peak in the Catskills is named Thomas Cole Mountain in his honor. [ [http://www.thomascole.org/learn_history.htm Cedar Grove History] ] Cedar Grove, also known as the Thomas Cole House, was declared a National Historic Site in 1999.cite web|url=http://www.thomascole.org/learn_history.htm |title=History of Cedar Grove |accessdate=2007-10-30|work=|publisher=The Thomas Cole National Historic Site]

Architecture work

Cole dabbled in architecture, a not uncommon practice at the time when the profession was not so codified. Cole was an entrant in the design competition held in 1838 to create a new state government building in Columbus, Ohio. His entry won third premium, and many contend that the finished building, a composite of the first, second and third place entries, bears a great similarity to Cole's entry.

ee also

* Hudson River School
* The Voyage of Life
* The Course of Empire
*List of Hudson River School artists

elected works

References

External links

* [http://www.catskill-3500-club.org/catskill-peaks/thomas-cole.htm Hiking Thomas Cole Mountain] Catskill 3500 Club
* [http://www.thomascole.org/ Cedar Grove - The Thomas Cole National Historical Site in Catskill, NY]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9365212 Find-A-Grave profile for Thomas Cole]
* [http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/Search/collectionresultsitemdetail.aspx?OID=44152 Works by Thomas Cole at the Cincinnati Art Museum]

* [http://whitemountainart.com/ArtistGalleries/gal_tc.htm White Mountain paintings by Thomas Cole]
* Information about Thomas Cole can be found in the [http://www.albanyinstitute.org/collections/library/Research_and_Resources/FindingAids/Cole%20CV553.pdf Thomas Cole Collection] , which contains correspondence, financial and legal documents, clippings, exhibition catalogs, poems related to him and his family, in the [http://www.albanyinstitute.org/z-%20AIHA%20website/6-library/library.main.htm Albany Institute of History & Art Library] .

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