Saturday, July 21, 2018

Curator's introduction | Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

If you've not yet visited the Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire exhibition at the National Gallery in London (or maybe you missed Thomas Cole's Journey - Atlantic Crossings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art earlier in the year) you may well be interested in this 'official' video on YouTube of a lecture by the curator, Tim Barringer.

The video lasts for nearly an hour during which you get a history of Cole's development as a painter and see very many of his paintings. In terms of the lecture, Barringer makes Cole come to life in terms of his life experiences and places he visited - and in particularly how his vision and practice was influenced by seeing Turner's paintings - and meeting Turner.

I think it's very helpful and will enable those who watch it to get more out of the exhibition.

Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art, Chair History of Art at Yale University and specialises among other things in British Art, 1700 to present and American and British Landscape Painting, 1750-1900.

Paintings and Drawings by Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was the son of an unsuccessful textile manufacturer in Bolton, Lancashire. The family emigrated to the USA in 1818 at the height of the industrial revolution. Cole eventually became a landscape painter who in time became nationally revered

You can see his paintings and drawings online as follows:

 Exhibition: Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

This exhibition is a rare chance to see Cole’s epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature.

Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him.

Venue: Ground Floor Galleries, National Gallery, London
Dates: 11 June 2018 - 07 October 2018
  • members go free
  • Standard admission: £10 Mon – Fri | £12 Sat – Sun  
  • Book online and save £2 £8 Mon – Fri | £10 Sat - Sun

Reviews of the Exhibition

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