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In 1836, the English-American artist Thomas Cole sent his patron Luman Reed a letter saying that, even though he had been in the midst of painting The Course of Empire, his epic series comprised of five paintings retelling the trajectory of civilizations long gone, he had also been working on a truly American landscape exclusively for exhibition and sale. Although Cole was always very heavily patronized and, as such, didn’t really require producing extra paintings for sale, he said in his letters that he had been starting to feel a little burnt out from undertaking the herculean task that was The Course of Empire, especially considering how crowded the paintings were for someone who, like Cole, was traditionally a landscape painter. To guarantee the quality of the work hired by him, Cole’s Patron, Luman Reed, was the one to encourage the artist the most to take a break from the series of paintings and produce something that would be more in his comfort zone.
Another factor that influenced the production of this piece, named initially View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm, was Cole’s first professional travel to Europe in 1829 to 1832, then still as an engraver, a moment when he made an exact trace of the scene, published in Basil Hall’s Forty Etchings Made with the Camera Lucida in North America in 1827 and 1828. Hall had criticized the American art scene for failing to produce great portrayers of their scenery, mostly ignoring the lush wealth of American nature. Cole’s response was to create a view of the American countryside that blended the picturesque, the sublime, and the magnificent or, in other words, both used a picture of nature to further a view of society, lauded the incredible beauty of nature and found the beauty in the vast spaces of nature.
Painted in 1836, The Oxbow was then exhibited in the National Academy of Design in the same year, and is now in possession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York. Showing the clash between the encroaching human influence that fells trees to make fields and the untouched nature, it is also one of the few paintings where Cole portrays himself, here seen in the very middle of the painting, looking at the observer on the border between nature and humanity.
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