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Currently, the frames listed will be only ship up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled.
However, if you are interested in stretching or framing a painting larger than 24x36 inches (60x90 cm), please contact one of our customer success associates or let us know in your order notes. We will send you a catalog of our large framing styles and pricing options.
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Although the idea of painting landscapes with heavy 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 posit that he indeed took that practice to a whole new level, especially in his two most famous series of paintings: The Voyage of Life and The Course of the Empire. While the former figuratively depicts the many stages of a man’s life in regards to spirituality and one’s aims, the latter instead has a similar objective, but regarding the cycle that Cole believed civilizations followed from their early beginnings until their inexorable entropic end.
The artist began sketching this series as early as 1829, during his first professional trip to Europe, when he first saw the ruins of ancient civilizations, remnants of a past that couldn’t be found in America, at least not when one considers civilization to be those who would eventually spawn the white ethnocentric idea of civilization that Cole was likely to have followed. When confronted with those ruins of Ancient Rome and Greece, Cole was inspired to imagine the trajectory that, in the imaginary of the Western Man, started with the nomadic hunter-gatherer peoples and ended in those slowly crumbling columns and collapsing arches.
This, the first painting of that series, would not be ready for exhibition until 1833, while the last painting to be finished would be so only three years after the first one was done. Here, Thomas Cole portrays what he believed to be the very beginning of what he thought of as a civilization, in the form of a tribe of hunter-gatherers, who are spread out through a lush landscape. Although the almost naked hunters are the main characters of the painting, the focus of this painting and, at length, of all the paintings, is the mountain which occupies the center of the canvas. Here, that mountain, which is believed by critics to be meant to signify civilization itself, is shrouded in clouds, which would be a reference to the dominance of nature over Man in those times, and the mountain is bare, with a single boulder balanced on its top, meaning the precariousness of the human life and condition in that context, always to the taste of nature and depending on its goodwill.
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Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself, use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service, meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.
Unframed paintings are covered with a special protective film, are gently rolled and then placed inside a strong specially designed tube.
Stretched, Gallery Wrapped and Framed paintings are covered with protective bubble wrap, separated by foam board and then carefully put into the cardboard box.