How Did Thomas Cole Influence America

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Thomas Cole, an American Influence Thomas Cole was an established 19th century American painter. He was a landscape artist and the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement consisting of other landscape artists. He was known for his realistic depiction of American landscape and countryside. Along with painting landscapes, he painted allegorical works, the most famous being The Course of Empire, a five part series and The Voyage of Life, a four part series. Cole was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1801. His family immigrated to America when he was seventeen years old in 1818, where they settled in Steubenville, Ohio. Here he met and took lessons from a portrait painter, named John Stein. After being impressed…show more content…
He visited the Hudson in the autumn of 1825, stopping along the way to view the Erie Canal, West Point, and the Catskill Mountains. He fell in love with the wilderness’ beauty and painted his first landscapes of the area here. Cole’s work began to influence other artists and they became to devote themselves to landscape painting instead of their previous work. They saw the scenic magnificence that the outdoors of America can bring. One specific piece from this movement painted by Cole is The Oxbow, which is a view from Mount Holyoke after a thunderstorm. You can see part of the sky is all gray and yucky from the storm and the other part is full of sunshine and light. You can see the different elevations, overlooking the river down below that wraps around the valley. It is a beautiful painting and perfect example of what the Hudson River School was all…show more content…
His works of art can be seen in museums around the world with original works in places like the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He was a role model for many artists after his time and led an entire art movement, which changed the way landscape art is perceived. He also changed the way America’s countryside is perceived. Already beautiful, he depicted landscapes in a way that our generation will never see. With the major development of housing, and buildings and tearing down of forests, America does not look the same it used to. With Cole’s paintings, and his influence for other artists to paint landscapes also, it is art frozen in

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