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OP THOMAS COLE: LANDSCAPE INTO HISTORY. Ed. by William H. Truettner and Alan Wallach. National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1994. Published in association with Yale University Press, New Haven. 198 pp. (one foldout) with 188 ills. (100 col.). 34 x 27 cm. LC 93-33272 ISBN 0300058500 In English.
Reevaluating Cole's visionary landscapes in the context of the turbulent political and cultural currents of his time, this scholarly catalogue showcases some 100 paintings spanning the career of the celebrated American artist (1801-1848), among them numerous panoramic wilderness views as well as allegorical tableaux from such major series as The Course of Empire and The Voyage of Life. Excellent reproductions of the featured canvases and illustrations of related works by Cole and other artists accompany four substantial essays that include an examination of the impact of industrialization and economic expansion on American society during the 1820s and 30s, a detailed discussion of Cole's career and the social and political attitudes reflected in his paintings, an analysis of the influence of his work on such figures as Church, Durand and Cropsey in the decade following his death, and a survey of critical assessments of his oeuvre over the course of the 20th century.
Artist(s):Cole, Thomas
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Painting
Plans: 01,06,07,08,09,10,13,17,22
Worldwide Number: 024389
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