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The Past by Thomas Cole - Reproduction Oil Painting
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The Past

While the English-American painter Thomas Cole was rarely ever matched in technique and aesthetic sensibility in his landscape paintings, the aspect that most differentiates him from other landscape painters is his lifelong effort to uplift the genre. Although most of his contemporaries would have seen landscapes as a lesser genre when compared to portraits or paintings with historical, mythological or religious themes, Cole repeatedly showed just how powerful and loaded with meaning a landscape could be, at times blending the genre with other more prestigious, like we can see done here.

Still enjoying the success of his most famous work to date, The Course of Empire, a series of five canvases depicting the rise and fall of civilization as he saw it, Cole received over the following years a significant number of requests of commissioned artwork from wealthy patrons. This painting is, then, part of a pair of related paintings belonging to that group. The pair of paintings was commissioned in 1838 by the prominent New Yorker Peter Gerard Stuyvesant, who was not only an extremely wealthy landowner and philanthropist, but also the then president of the New-York Historical Society, the very same group that had, just a few years earlier, commissioned The Course of Empire.

In this series, Cole depicts two scenes set in the same place, but at different times. The site in question is a castle of loosely Late Norman inspiration, due to the construction methods employed and the model of the crenellations. In this first painting of the series, the scene is vivacious, with the castle bustling with activity and a joyful jousting tournament being held at its feet. The competition is watched by a vast and colorful crowd and the flags of the knights engaged in sporting combat flutter in the summer wind. The second painting in the series is titled The Present, and to this day accompanies its pair in the Mead Art Museum in Amherst College, depicting the same place, but now the castle is abandoned by all but a shepherd and nature has reclaimed the landscape, covering the stone and mortar in ivy.

Neither Cole nor his contemporaries ever hid their nostalgic, if somehow idealistic, view of the Middle Ages, a counterpoint to the Rationalism of their time. That contrariness extended to political ideology, as Cole was distrustful of Democracy, preferring Monarchy.

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The Past Thomas Cole

Item Number: 15094311 show sizes in cm
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