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The English-American painter Thomas Cole was possibly one of the most famous artists that followed a style that would eventually become known as the Hudson River School, due to the subject matter of most paintings by early to mid-19th-century American painters being the natural wonders of the lands around the eponymous river. Cole’s most famous works do not directly refer to the American countryside, but instead, are those of a more allegorical character. Among those, the most influential might have been the series which was started in the early days of 1839, commissioned by the deeply religious New York banker Samuel Ward, with whom the artist had conceived the idea three years earlier as a series of painting which would advance the genre of landscape painting by attaching it to the style of religious, moralistic paintings, which was considerably popular in its time.
Such was the success of the paintings that, due to Ward not allowing their exposition to the public, Cole would later paint a second series where, even though the paintings have some slight differences from the first series, the overall feel and message was maintained. This oil on canvas belongs to the first series, which was kept in the hands of Ward’s family for years, but now is in possession of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s Art Museum, in Utica, New York. The series portrays the trajectory of a person’s life symbolically, in which we follow the protagonist from his childhood to his elder years, setting sail at the metaphorical river of life, accompanied by a guardian angel.
In this instance, the man is in the early years of his adult life. Enthralled by wanderlust and hope, he leaves his guardian angel on the shore, now steering the golden boat himself in the direction of an ephemerous castle in the clouds. What Cole seems to have wanted to portray here is that, in their youth, men set aside spirituality to pursue their ambitions, which are no more substantial than a castle in the clouds. The angel’s attitude, waving at the departing vessel, accepting the man’s free-will and blessing his choice. In that way, Cole seems to say that this is an expected and necessary part of life, that of distancing oneself from spirituality to forge one’s path in life.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Voyage of Life, Youth, 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, Youth 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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