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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 oil paints. Cole didn’t really receive any formal education in art so eventually his new found interest led him back to Pennsylvania where he started studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts. Paintings by landscape artists Thomas Birch and Thomas Doughty that were seen hanging throughout the university greatly influenced Cole’s interest in landscape art. Over the course of his time at Pennsylvania Academy of fine art Cole’s knowledge about the subject matter and his new found artistic skills continued to evolve. After Cole finished his studies at the Academy he decided to travel to Europe to study various historic art and artists. During his stay in Europe Cole was able to experience some of the great galleries of London, Paris, and Italy where he discovered the ideas of romanticism. Along with his passion for landscape art he also created many sketches and paintings of different subject matter. In 1825 after Cole experienced Europe he decided to return back to America ending up in New York where he spent time exploring the Catskills, and made his debut as a landscape artist. He completed three landscape paintings while visiting the Catskills, which were purchased shortly after displaying them in a local bookstore...

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