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The Life and Works of Thomas Cole
During his peak popularity in the 1820s -1840s, artists flocked to New York's Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley to confront the wilderness and emulate Cole's vision, and America's first indiginous art movement was born--the Hudson River School of landscape painting.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Black Dome Press
(first published February 5th 1964)
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It's odd to me that Noble's 1853 paste-up biography of Thomas Cole still seems to be the definitive work on Cole. It's letters, diary entries, and some somewhat pious connective text that I thought I'd find abrasive after a while, but really didn't. What an interesting read, and such a shame that he died at 47. In the letters, you find his rationale behind most of his major works, as well as an interesting and complex relationship with landscape in general. Recommended to anyone interested in la ...more