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Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print, Desolation

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Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print, Desolation

Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print : Desolation, The Course of the Empire 1836 American Classical Art

Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 – February 11, 1848) was an English-born American artist known for his landscape and history paintings. He is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century.

The Course of Empire is a five-part series of paintings created by Thomas Cole in the years 1833–36. It is notable in part for reflecting popular American sentiments of the times, when many saw pastoralism as the ideal phase of human civilization, fearing that empire would lead to gluttony and inevitable decay.

The fifth painting, Desolation, shows the results, years later. We view the remains of the city in the livid light of a dying day. The landscape has begun to return to wilderness, and no human beings are to be seen; but the remnants of their architecture emerge from beneath a mantle of trees, ivy, and other overgrowth. The broken stumps of the pharoses loom in the background. The arches of the shattered bridge, and the columns of the temple are still visible; a single column looms in the foreground, now a nesting place for birds. The sunrise of the first painting is mirrored here by a moonrise, a pale light reflecting in the ruin-choked river while the standing pillar reflects the last rays of sunset. This gloomy picture symbolizes what all empires could be after their fall. It is a harsh possible future in which humanity has been destroyed by its own hands.
Available as a fine art print  in the following sizes:
6x9 inches

8x12 inches

12x18 inches

16x24 inches

20x30 inches

24x36 inches

And as a stretched canvas panel (heavy fine art canvas stretched over 1.5 inch deep edge solid wood frame)

highest quality canvas panels

deep edge canvas prints

Canvas panel sizes:

8x12 inches

16x24 inches

20x30 inches

 

All prints are made using archival art stocks and UV pigment inks to give up to 200 years life. Prints are sold unframed and unmounted.

 

Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print, Desolation