The National Gallery - Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation.
This exhibition is a rare chance to see Cole’s epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature.
Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him.
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Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: Destruction, 1836. Oil on canvas, 99.7 × 161.3 cm. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society © Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York / Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions.
 
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Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: Desolation, 1836. Oil on canvas, 99.7 × 160.7 cm. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society © Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York / Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions
 
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Thomas Cole, Scene from “The Last of the Mohicans,” Cora Kneeling at the Feet of Tamenund, 1827. Oil on canvas, 64.5 × 89.1 cm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut © Wadsworth Atheneum / Allen Phillips.
 
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Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Pastoral or Arcadian State, about 1834. Oil on canvas, 99.7 × 160.6 cm. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society © Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York / Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions.
 
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Thomas Cole, Life Study for the Prostrate Shepherd in the Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, 1831–2. Oil on canvas, 26.2 × 49.8 cm. McGuian Collection. Photo © John Bigelow Taylor.


Start date: June 11, 2018
End date: October 7, 2018
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