Exhibits highlight artistic legacy of Thomas Cole
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Exhibits highlight artistic legacy of Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. Its New Studio is currently exhibiting “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” through Nov. 4. (For info, see thomascole.org or call 518-943-7465. @ThomasColeSite. ) Media: Times Union Two centuries ago, a 17-year-old from Bolton, England, arrived on the shores of a young country and saw its vistas with the unclouded eyes of a newcomer. In its classical beauty he found inspiration. In its encroaching industry he found cause for concern. And over the next several years, as Thomas Cole embarked on his career as an artist, he rendered the landscape with such clarity, depth and romantic fervor that he wound up founding the Hudson River School — becoming, in the process, an early and lasting advocate for conservation. "An artist who came to this country 200 years ago has noticed things about America that we still haven’t fully digested," said Betsy Jacks, executive director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, more commonly known as the Cole House. His observations "are as relevant now as they were then, perhaps even more so. The issues have become more urgent with time." Cole’s arrival in the States, his rootedness in the European […]

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