Discover one of America’s leading painters of the mid-19th century
With his work seldom seen outside the USA, this exhibition establishes British-born Thomas Cole (1801–1848) as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art.
Displaying Cole’s paintings alongside those of his contemporaries, including Turner and Constable, the exhibition brings to light the dialogue between American and European artists of the mid-19th century.
It also marks the first time that Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society) has been shown in the UK, and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire runs concurrently with this exhibition in Room 1.
Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Image above: Detail from Thomas Cole, 'View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm – The Oxbow', 1836 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York