By: Adachi Wong
Thomas Cole was born in 1801 in England. He came to America in 1818 with his family. It was in New York that he discovered the beauty that nature. He found the world around him to be epic and awe inspiring. He helped to found the Hudson River School along with others who shared the same views as him. His studio was in Catskill, New York where he found his love for nature and capturing it. He was concerned with industrialization and the effect it would have on the world around him. He died on February 11, 1848. His art was based on capturing America and depicting as the "new Eden".
Cole captured not only the beauty of the world around him but also the grandness of it and the immensity of it. He was unlike the others around him at the time in that they depicted nature as very gentle where as Cole depicted it as an overwhelming being that man is a very small part of. He along with the rest of the Hudson River School captured the world around them in Catskill, New York. HIs fear for the taking over of nature by industrialization was a very real fear that eventually came to a fruition not long after his passing.
Here we see man working in nature. This work doesn't depict man using nature but rather nature allowing man to work with it. Nature is a supreme being and man is just a small part of that. Nature and man are meant to work together and live in harmony. In this picture there is that sense of living in harmony with one another.
A Scene from Last of Mohicans
In this work, he creates the sensation of feeling small in the large natural world around us. There is one small man in the painting and he represents man and how insignificant we are in comparison to the great power of nature. He also uses depth of field to create an effective sensation of being small. The immense amount of land depicted in this picture shows much land open for the taking. The one man in the picture shows that there is so much land in comparison to the people and that it is there for the taking.
In this work, he uses depth of field to really show just how large the nature around truly is. There is no hint of man, only the overwhelming sense of nature and its power. The painting has this effect of looking from a cave as if they are coming out of the darkness. This is to show that America is essentially stepping out of the dark and into a new world. This new world is there for the taking and it should be taken advantage of.
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