The Garden of Eden by Thomas Cole

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Thomas Cole was a very skilled American artist. He possessed the ability to view a landscape and depict how he viewed it by painting and sketching in breathtaking, realistic detail. A few of his more popular work include The Garden of Eden (1828), Distant View of Niagara Falls (1830), The Titans Goblet (1833), and The Oxbow (1836). Majority of Cole’s life experiences, and his interest in various views of the untamed American landscapes contributed to his inspiration, and great success in creating many of his paintings. On February 1, 1801 the talented landscape artist Thomas Cole was born, to James and Mary Cole in Bolton-le-Moor Lancashire, England. He was the youngest of seven children. According to some sources Cole had a tough childhood, at the age of 9 he was sent off to go to a school in Chester where he allegedly suffered from malnutrition, cruel punishment, and frequent sickness .During his teenage years Cole was trained as a textile designer. In 1818 at the age of 17 his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. James Cole was unable to find suitable work to support his family in Pennsylvania so he eventually packed them up and moved to Steubenville, Ohio leaving Thomas behind. Thomas Cole spent most of his first year in the United States alone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania working as a textile print designer and wood engraver before joining his family in Ohio. James Cole opened up a wall paper manufactory business in Ohio where Thomas eventually started working for him as a designer, and also engraved woodblocks. Cole’s interest and curiosity in Art began around 1820. While doing some traveling to surrounding towns he met an artist named Stein, who taught him the basics of using oi... ... middle of paper ... ...le played in paving the way for American Landscape artist to evolve. To honor Thomas Cole and his accomplishments, the farm that he used for studio space in Cedar Grove is now known as the Thomas Cole House and one of the highest peaks located in the Catskill Mountains was named Thomas Cole Mountain. Works Cited Decode-Explore Thomas Cole”(2010) - www.explorethomascole.org/tour/items/49/decode “Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow” By Dr. Bryan Zygmont - smarthistory.khanacademy.org/romanticism-us-cole.html‎ “Thomas Cole/ View from Mount Holyoke” (2006) - hrs-art.com/.../thomas-cole-view-from-mount-holyoke-northampton-mas “Thomas Cole bio- Cedar Grove” (2005) - www.thomascole.org/biography-of-thomas-cole/ “Thomas Cole (1801-1848) – Metropolitan Museum of Art (2014)-www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd_cole Prebles’ Art Forms an introduction to the visual arts (2011) - Patrick Frank-

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