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Even though the concept of painting landscapes with moral or simply allegorical underpinnings was not necessarily new during English-American painter Thomas Cole’s time, it would not be in any way exaggerated to postulate that he indeed set a new higher standard for the practice, especially in his two most famous series of paintings: The Voyage of Life and The Course of the Empire. While in the former Cole figuratively depicts the many stages of a man’s life concerning one’s spirituality and aims, in the latter the artist instead has a similar objective, but rather regarding the cycle that Cole held that civilizations followed from their early beginnings until their inescapable entropic end.
In 1829, when Thomas Cole started the first sketches for the series, he had been thoroughly impressed by the ruins of Ancient Western Civilization that he had seen in his first professional trip to Europe. Never before had he experienced ruins that awakened in him such a feeling of belonging to a greater temporal continuum, which led him to make an imaginary journey through the path that took those civilizations from an early almost savage state when they begin to organize and leave behind their nomadic ways, to their eventual demise, which would have led to the ruins that had caused such an impression on the artist.
In this second installment of that series, the oil on canvas finished in 1834, Cole portrays what he believed to be the state of civilization that followed that early moment of settlement. Here, we can see a more tranquil scene, in contrast with the dynamic hunting, gathering, and surviving seen in the last painting. People quietly pursue their labors or take part in simple entertainment, having developed a heightened level of harmony with nature that allows a more peaceful existence. In the background, we can now see a small developing village, as well as some megalithic construction that might be an emulation of what Cole believed Stonehenge to have been in the olden days. Also in the background, we can still see the mountain, which is the central feature of every painting in the collection, although now in a less prominent position.
The painting is, along with its companions, in an exhibition at The New York Historical Society, which received the paintings as a gift from the New York Gallery of Fine Arts in 1858.
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