Thomas Cole

1801-1848 America Romanticism

 

Brief Biography-Thomas Cole spent his youth in his homeland England until his family immigrated to America in 1818. He worked for his father in the wallpaper business doing patterns and engravings in Pittsburgh.
In painting he was mostly self taught and but took some instruction from a traveling portraitist. He engaged in portraiture for a brief period before becoming interested in landscapes. The works of Thomas Birch and Thomas Doughty inspired him to dedicate his time to landscape painting.
He moved to New York where he created works from his journeys up the Hudson River. Those works brought him considerable success in New York. He eventually became the founder member of the Hudson River School and a founding member of the National Academy of Design.
He went on trips to Europe where he absorbed some inspiration from the works of the Old Masters. When he returned to America he settled in Catskill New York. The young artist Frederick Edwin Church became a student of his and he had a strong influence on the landscapist Asher Brown Durand.
He was also a poet and writer when not painting, travelling or lecturing. Sadly he died suddenly from pneumonia a young man of only forty seven years.

 

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Voyage-Childhood

The Voyage of Life Childhood

The Voyage of Life

The Voyage of Life

The Voyage-Old Age

The Voyage of Life Old Age

Coast Scene

Coast Scene with Ruined Tower

Desolation

Desolation

Expulsion Moon

Expulsion Moon and Firelight

Kaaterskill Falls

Falls of the Kaaterskill

Home in the Woods

Home in the Woods

Italian Sunset

Italian Sunset

Lake Winnipiseogee

Lake Winnipiseogee

Ruined Tower

Landscape with Ruined Tower

Monte Video

Monte Video Seat of Daniel Wadsworth Esq

New England

New England

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Pilgrim Cross End

Pilgrim Cross End

Study for The Cross

Study for The Cross and the World

Ages of Life Youth

The Ages of Life Youth

The Architect's Dream

The Architect's Dream

Architect's Dream

The Architect's Dream Detail

Empire -

The Consummation of the Empire

The Departure

The Departure

The Fountain

The Fountain of Vaucluse

The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden

The Past

The Past

The Picnic

The Picnic

The Present

The Present

The Return

The Return

The Titan's Goblet

The Titan's Goblet

The Savage State

The Savage State

The Vesper Hymn

The Vesper Hymn

Ticonderogaz

Ticonderoga

from Mt Holyoke

View from Mount Holyoke Northamptom Massachusetts

View Detail

View from Mount Holyoke Detail

Subsiding Waters

Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge

II Penseroso

II Penseroso

Kaaterskill Falls