Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

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Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

A major reexamination of the father of the Hudson River School in relation to his European roots and travels

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), arguably the greatest American landscape artist of his generation, is presented here in a new light: as an international figure, born in England, and in dialogue with the major landscape painters of the age, including J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. Cole traveled in Europe from 1829 to 1832. Thomas Cole’s Journey reexamines his seminal works of 1832–36—notably The Oxbow and Course of Empire—as a culminating response to his experiences of British art and society and of Italian landscape painting. These, combined with Cole’s passion for the American wilderness and his horror of the industrial revolution in Britain, led him to create works that offer a distinctive, even dissident, response to the economic and political rise of the United States and the ecological changes then underway. This groundbreaking book also discusses Cole’s influence on later artists, from Frederic Edwin Church to Ed Ruscha.

About the Authors

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser is Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture in The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art at Yale University. Dorothy Mahon is conservator in the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Christopher Riopelle is curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London. Shannon Vittoria is research assistant in The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press (2018).
  • 288 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 inches.
  • 254 color + b/w illus.

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