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The Voyage of Life: Manhood I by Thomas Cole - Reproduction Oil Painting
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The Voyage of Life: Manhood I

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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The Voyage of Life: Manhood I Thomas Cole

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