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Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print, The Voyage of Life: Childhood

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Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print, The Voyage of Life : Childhood

Thomas Cole, Old Masters Fine Art Print : Childhood, The Voyage of Life 1842 American Classical Art Iconic Landscape

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 Voyage of Life is a series of paintings created by Thomas Cole in 1842, representing an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. The paintings depict a voyager who travels in a boat on a river through the mid-19th-century American wilderness. In each painting the voyager rides the boat on the River of Life accompanied by a guardian angel. The landscape, each reflecting one of the four seasons of the year, plays a major role in conveying the story. With each installment the boat's direction of travel is reversed from the previous picture. In childhood, the infant glides from a dark cave into a rich, green landscape. As a youth, the boy takes control of the boat and aims for a shining castle in the sky. In manhood, the adult relies on prayer and religious faith to sustain him through rough waters and a threatening landscape. Finally, the man becomes old and the angel guides him to heaven across the waters of eternity.

In the first painting, Childhood, all the important story elements of the series are introduced: the voyager, the angel, the river, and the expressive landscape. An infant is safely ensconced in a boat guided by an angel. The landscape is lush; everything is calm and basking in warm sunshine, reflecting the innocence and joy of childhood. The boat glides out of a dark, craggy cave which Cole himself described as "emblematic of our earthly origin, and the mysterious Past." The river is smooth and narrow, symbolizing the sheltered experience of childhood. The figurehead on the prow holds an hourglass representing time.
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, The Voyage of Life : Childhood