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In the year of 1839, The English-American artist Thomas Cole , arguably one of the most famous painters of the Hudson River School, was commissioned by the staunchly religious New York banker Samuel Ward to produce a series of allegorical works representing in a moralistic way the path traveled by a human in their life. The set of paintings had been conceived three years earlier, in 1836, and would have the objective of developing the landscape painting genre, the most crucial aspect of the Hudson River School painters, by employing it to convey what they believed to be transparent truths about human life, Christian spirituality, and the natural world. The result of that was the painting, in 1839, of four pictures which allegorically depict the path of human life from a spiritual point of view: Childhood, Youth, Manhood, and Old Age.
In this third painting of the series, we have the depiction of Manhood, a time of troubles and tribulations. All of the standard signs present in the other paintings are present. In the focal point of the picture is the voyager, the painting’s protagonist, now a middle-aged man who begs the heavens for deliverance from the situation he finds himself in. He continues to sail his golden boat with the Hours holding an hourglass in its hands, but now most of the sand has flowed, and the ship is missing its helm, left to the taste of the roiling currents that surround him, turning the once placid River of Life into a treacherous rapid. The guardian angel who once accompanied him now is far away, observing from the clouds. Also in the clouds is a new sign which hadn’t appeared this far in the series, the silhouette of three demons, which Cole named as Suicide, Intemperance, and Murder, the most significant perils that would jeopardize a man’s life.
The scenery is profoundly changed from that of Youth, and where there was lush vegetation now, there are dried leaves and crooked, jagged trees. It is the Autumn of life, the time of decay, the arrival of the cold. Without a helm of a guardian angel, the voyager now understands that the only thing that can save him from his tribulations is the prayer to a superior being.
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