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During the nineteenth century, it was oft thought that landscape painting was a lesser style of art when compared to those pictures of historical, mythological, literary or religious themes. Among the many artists that labored to subvert that idea were great names like J. W. M. Turner and, to an extent inspired by him, the painters of the style later called the Hudson River School. Among the latter, few would reach the relevance and fame of the English-American Thomas Cole, who was seen by his contemporaries to have elevated the landscape painting genre, less due to his technique, even though it was arguably unique in its sophistication, and more due to the artist going to great lengths to blend exquisitely detailed landscapes with moral messages, historical considerations and all sorts of narrative devices.
It could be said that the apex of Cole’s fame was reached with his series The Course of Empire, finished early in 1836. Possibly due to the success of that series, when the wealthy landowner William Paterson Van Rensselaer decided to commission a pair of landscape paintings with the only specification that they were to depict morning and evening, he ended up going to Cole, who was still riding the wave of success achieved by his aforementioned series of five paintings with both the critics and the public.
To fulfill his patron’s wished, Cole produced two exquisite depictions of a loosely European setting. The first one he named The Departure, as it depicts a feudal lord and his entourage of knights leaving their home, a castle of Norman inspiration, early in the morning to go on a heroic crusade of some description, a scene that could have figures in any Arthurian tale of chivalry. In this second scene, set late in the afternoon, the company of knights is seen returning to a church of Gothic inspiration, now significantly reduced in numbers, carrying their wounded lord on a stretcher, his horse demurely following its master.
Now in possession of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC, this fantastic painting showcases not only Cole’s technical brilliance but also his penchant for the narrative side of his art, establishing with just two images complex storytelling. It is not surprising, then, that many authors will refer to Thomas Cole as a poet-painter.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Return, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Return 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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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.
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