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Although a subtle departure from the spiritual turbulence of the Hudson River School, Cole's ambiguous work retains many of the key tactics that allowed the group to dominate nineteenth-century American painting. Producing reproductions not from life but instead reliant on their personal experience of a landscape, the group allowed their surrounding interests to shapevisions of the natural world. Col's 1846 the Picnic is uncharacteristic of the group and a departure from their rapidly dating style. Cole's figurative reproduction addresses a growing social trend in middle and upper class life. At the height of his career at the time of painting, Cole originally came from humble origins, emigrating to the United States from England at the age of 17 and taking a position as a wood engraver. Aiming to imbue the maligned genre of landscape painting with a new-found respectability, Cole inspired American artists of the era to infuse their reproductions of the national terrain with moral and spiritual meaning. Primarily self-taught, Cole was bought up in the same billowing surroundings of industrial England that so inspired Joseph Mallord William Turner, the preeminent Romantic landscape painter.
Painted on commission, the Picnic fulfilled the patron's request in staging a figurative reproduction of man and nature in a state of coexistence and harmony. Choosing a picnic scene, Cole situates his scene firmly in the changing world of mid-nineteenth America. The fashionable clothes of the figures is matched by the fashionable activity they are partaking in. After Cole's thematic innovations Romantic painting in America began frequently to portray the aspiration middle classes sharing a picnic; an activity which increasingly came to define the rising class' search for social identity and recreation. The ever-expanding terrain of the United States was thus seen as a place to both traverse and to own. Consequently, the promenading escapades of the picnickers was not so different from the expansionist pioneers of the Western Frontier.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Picnic 1846, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Picnic 1846 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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