Thomas Cole – Biography and Artwork of the American Painter

Thomas Cole was a renowned American Romantic landscape painter who founded the Hudson River School. Born in Bolton-le-Moors, England, in 1801, Cole immigrated to the US with his family in 1818. He was known for portraying American landscapes and history in his paintings.

Cole’s early works showcased his observation of nature and its beauty. His love for nature made him one of the first environmentalists of his time. His most famous works included depictions of the Catskills, White Mountains, Adirondacks, and coast of Maine.

Cole traveled to Europe multiple times to study art under European masters and draw inspiration from some of their techniques while developing his own style. In 1836 he married Maria Bartow and had a child named Theodore Alexander.

Unfortunately, Cole died at the young age of 47 in Catskill, NY; however, he left behind an incredible legacy that greatly influenced later generations’ landscape painting style. His unique vision has helped define much of what we know as American art today.

All Thomas Cole Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
The Voyage Of Life: Youth 1842 Oil On Canvas
Genesee Scenery 1847 Oil On Canvas
The Voyage Of Life: Childhood 1842 Oil On Canvas
Mount Aetna From Taormina 1844 Oil On Canvas
Falls of Kaaterskill 1826 Oil on Canvas
The Clove, Catskills c. 1827 Oil on Canvas
View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm (The Oxbow) 1836 Oil on Canvas
View on the Catskill - Early Autumn 1837 Oil on Canvas
Schroon Mountain, Adirondacks 1838 Oil on Canvas
The Voyage of Life Old Age 1842 Oil on Canvas
The Course of Empire Desolation 1836 Oil on Canvas
The Course of Empire The Savage State 1834 Oil on Canvas
The Departure 1838 Oil on Canvas
The Return 1838 Oil on Canvas
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