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Events Kick-Off for New Thomas Cole Exhibition Exploring His Masterful 18-Year Series of Catskill Creek

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  • April 24, 2019

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Thomas Cole, View Near Catskill, 1828-29. Oil on wood panel, 24 1/4 x 33 3/4 in. Framed: 31 1/2 x 41 x 2 3/8 in. Private collection.

The Exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek, May 4-November 3, 2019, Reveals the Deeper Meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek Paintings, Considered for the First Time as an Integral Series

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THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 6 pm, 1A East 77th Street, NYC  
Book Launch and Reception: Thomas Cole's Refrain with H. Daniel Peck, Exhibition Curator and John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 27 & 28, 11 am-2 pm, Cole's New Studio  
Member Preview Hours for the new exhibition Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek  

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 4-6 pm, Thomas Cole National Historic Site 
Preview Party: Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek 

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2 pm, Lumberyard, Creekside Studio 
Curator's Talk: Thomas Cole's Refrain with H. Daniel Peck, Exhibition Curator and John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek will open on May 4. The exhibition, curated by H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College, reveals new scholarship on Thomas Cole, scholarship explored in Professor Peck’s new book of the same title, published with Three Hills (an imprint of Cornell University Press.) Created during the eighteen year period between 1827 and 1845, which spans Thomas Cole’s mature career, the artist's completed paintings of Catskill Creek constitute the most sustained sequence of landscape paintings he ever made.

The views in the paintings were all anchored along one short stretch of Catskill Creek near the Village of Catskill, where Thomas Cole lived and worked. The exhibition considers these paintings as a series for
the first time, unified by place as well as their stable composition and recurring motifs, even as they exhibit variations reflecting the changes in the artist’s life and times.

Cole’s repeated attention to the landscape of Catskill Creek signifies his deep attachment to it, and illustrates his development of a profound sense of place. Cole’s view of the Catskill Mountains that frames Catskill Creek can still be enjoyed from the porch of the Main House at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site today.

More info on the Thomas Cole Site’s website.

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