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At the age of 22, Cole moved to Philadelphia and later, into Catskill, New Yorkwhere he lived with his wife and children until He was largely self-taught as a painter, relying on books and by studying the work of other artists. InCole started working as a portrait painter and later on, gradually shifted his focus to landscape.
Bruen, who financed a summer trip to the Hudson Valley where the artist produced landscapes featuring the Catskill Mountain Housethe famous Kaaterskill Fallsthe ruins of Fort Putnam, and two views of Cold Spring. Seton, who lent them to the American Academy of the Fine Arts annual exhibition in Durandand William Dunlap.
Among the paintings was a landscape called View of Fort Ticonderoga from Gelyna. 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 Hartfordwho became important patrons of the artist.
Cole was primarily a painter of landscapesbut he also painted allegorical works. The most famous of these are the five-part series, The Course of Empirewhich depict the same landscape over generations—from a near state of nature to consummation of empire, and then decline and desolation—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. Durand and Frederic Edwin Churchwho studied with Cole from to Cole spent the years to and to abroad, mainly in England and Italy.
Other work[ edit ] Cole is best known for his work as an American landscape artist. However, he also produced thousands of sketches of varying subject matter. Over 2, of these sketches can be seen at The Detroit Institute of Arts.
InCole embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe in an effort to study in the style of the Old Masters and to paint its scenery. Cole also produced a highly detailed sketch View of Mount Etna pictured below which shows a panoramic view of the volcano with the crumbling walls of the ancient Greek theatre of Taormina on the far right.
Cole was also a poet and 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 to create the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
He painted a significant portion of his work in this studio.
Thomas and Maria had five children. Additionally, Cole held many friendships with important figures in the art world including Daniel Wadsworthwith whom he shared a close friendship.
Proof of this friendship can be seen in the letters that were unearthed in the s by the Trinity College Watkinson Library. Cole emotionally wrote Wadsworth in July The fourth highest peak in the Catskills is named Thomas Cole Mountain in his honor.View Thomas Cole’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community.
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Thomas Cole was born in at Bolton, Lancashire in Northwestern England and emigrated with his family to the United States in During the early years Cole lived for short periods in Philadelphia, Ohio, and Pittsburgh where he worked as an itinerant portrait artist.
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