Thomas Cole Influence On Art

2191 Words9 Pages
When looking at the history of art and painting, many revolutions and movements are focused around Europe and its artists. Although the majority of the art history is traced back to European art, the artistic movements that were happening in Europe were not limited to European soil. Many painters in America were influenced by Romanticism, and Thomas Cole was one of those painters. Although Thomas Cole was anything but a simple American painter; he conveyed European culture to America and was a large contributor to the development of American heritage. A leading light and a bridge between generations of artists, Thomas Cole and his art were a strong foundation from which the future of American landscape painting would be built. But why was…show more content…
It was thinking according to these very ideas that Thomas Cole’s talents as a painter came forth, with paintings that in Europe would be called “picturesque”. With the Romantic ideals such as strong emotion stressed a source of aesthetic experience, and an emphasis on emotions such as awe in confronting sublimity in untamed nature, Thomas Cole brings the qualities of Europe’s Romantic Movement into America’s artistic culture (“Romanticism”). Thomas Cole had not only become an icon of American artistic culture, but had become a conveyer of European artistic culture as well. With his beautiful pieces of art acting as a medium between cultures, and establishing himself as the icon for American landscape painting, Thomas Cole was and is considered the founder of the “Hudson River School”. The term is referring to the foremost representatives of nineteenth century American landscape painting (Avery and Roque). The term “Hudson River School” itself wasn’t created as a compliment nor self made. It actually came from a struggle between two generations of artists, both competing for the assertion of their style as representative of American…show more content…
It was a movement like any other artistic movement, not something intentionally made to be a “movement”, but a tangible gesture towards national contribution. One factor that contributed the rise of the movement was the importance of New York after the opening up of the Hudson River and the Erie Canal as the main water route between the Middle East and the east Coast. Another factor was America’s own desire to rejoice and record its untapped natural wonders. Commercial and cultural ties were once again renewed with Europe and especially England, this fact also contributed to the success of the movement

More about Thomas Cole Influence On Art

Open Document