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The English-American painter Thomas Cole was commissioned, in 1839, by the staunchly religious New York banker Samuel Ward to produce a series of figurative works representing, in a moral sense, the path traveled by a common man in his life. The set of paintings had been conceived three years earlier, in 1836, and had the objective of advancing the genre of landscape painting, the most crucial aspect of the Hudson River School painters, of which Thomas Cole was arguably one of the first and most famous, by employing it to convey what they believed to be eternal truths about human life, Christian spirituality, and the natural world.
The result of that was the painting, in 1839, of four oil on canvas paintings which allegorically depicted the path of human life from a spiritual point of view: Childhood, Youth, Manhood, and Old Age. Sadly, Ward died before he could see the conclusion of the work, and, even more unfortunate, his estate decided to keep them from the general public, a wish that was initially disrespected by Cole, who took it in a few exhibitions, which generated a certain amount of legal strife and litigation between the painter and the banker’s estate. To circumvent that ban on showing the paintings, Cole decided to paint a second series, one which would belong solely to him. The work on that second series began in 1841, on the eve of his season in Europe, during which Cole finished and exhibited the four paintings with moderate success.
Upon returning to the United States, Cole exhibited the four paintings in public events in Boston, Philadelphia and New York from 1843 to 1846, with such a success that, by the middle of next decade, engravings of the series were made widely available and decorated the walls of parlors all around the United States. Today, the paintings of the second series are exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC.
While the paintings maintained much of the composition used for the first series, some aesthetic choices were changed for the second series, which often gave it a more severe and ominous tone. More attention is paid to the skies, for example, which are rendered in a reddish hue, making it more apocalyptic and calling more attention to the angel in the heavens watching over his charge.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Voyage of Life: Manhood I, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Voyage of Life: Manhood I 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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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
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.
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