'Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance' to Open in the Artist's Studio

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  • February 08, 2018

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Thomas Cole, The Clove, Catskills, Oil on canvas, 1827, 25 ¼ x 35 1/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art. Charles F. Smith Fund, 1945.22.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Cole’s arrival from England in 1818, the Thomas Cole Site is partnering with the Yale Center for British Art to present the special exhibition Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance in Thomas Cole’s New Studio, in Catskill, NY. This exhibition, from May 1 to Nov. 4, 2018, is designed to complement the major Cole exhibition at The Met and is curated by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art at Yale; Gillian Forrester, Senior Curator of European Art at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester (and previously at the Yale Center for British Art); Jennifer Raab, Associate Professor of the History of Art at Yale; and two doctoral candidates at Yale, Sophie Lynford and Nicholas Robbins.

Thomas Cole, Button Wood Tree, Ink on paper, 13 1/2″ x 16 7/8″, The Albany Institute of History & Art, Gift of Mrs. Florence Cole Vincent, 1958.28.36.

Picturesque and Sublime will present masterworks on paper by major British artists, including Turner and Constable, together with significant oil-on-canvas paintings by Thomas Cole to demonstrate Cole’s radical achievement of transforming the well-developed British traditions of landscape representations into a new bold formulation, the American Sublime.

An exhibition catalogue is available. Order your copy today and preview the exhibition in this 180-page full-color book with new essays on Thomas Cole by the exhibition curators.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, situated between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first major art movement.

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