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Thomas Cole was America’s leading landscape painter during the first half of the 19th-century. Did you know that the artist was actually born in England? Before emigrating to the U.S., he served as an engraver’s assistant and as an apprentice to a designer of calico prints.

Cole joined his family in Ohio in 1819. He learned the rudiments of oil painting from an itinerant portrait painter and began drawing from nature. In April 1825 Cole moved to New York, and that summer he made an extensive sketching tour up the Hudson River and into the Catskill Mountains. Take a look at “Sunrise in the Catskills.” How does the artist depict this landscape?

Thomas Cole, “Sunrise in the Catskills,” 1826, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art


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