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New Context for Cole: ‘Thomas Cole’s Journey’ at The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London is set to present Thomas Cole’s paintings, marking the first showing of his “The Course of Empire” (1833-36, New York Historical Society) painting in the UK.

The exhibition provides a vivid new context for Cole’s “The Oxbow” (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting. Although well established as a leading figure of landscape painting in early 19th-century America, Cole’s position in British art history has consistently been subject to question. However, next year, a collection of his brooding landscapes and mountain vistas will be shipped to the National Gallery from across the Atlantic for a rare European showcase. Here is hoping for a long overdue re-evaluation of Cole’s status as a major global artist. 

While painting miles apart, it does not take much to see the similarities between Cole and the front runners of 19th century British landscape painting, “John Constable” and “J. M. W. Turner.” For the very first time, Cole’s work will be hung alongside masterpieces of his forebears. Details of extensive travels into Italy and other European centres will highlight the extent of a cross-continental artistic exchange. 

The exhibition will be on view from June 11, 2018 through October 7, 2018 at National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. | 13.09.2017 08:30