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Thomas Cole

Il Penseroso, 1845

Oil on canvas
32 3/8 × 48 1/16 in
82.2 × 122.1 cm
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles
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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

Trustees Fund, Corporate Donors, and General Acquisition Fund (M.80.115)

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Signed and dated lower right: T. Cole / 1845
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Thomas Cole
American, 1801–1848
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Romantic landscape painter Thomas Cole, who emigrated from England at the age of seventeen, inspired a generation of American landscape painters known as the Hudson River School. Settling in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Cole strove to represent the majesty of the American wilderness, symbolic of the country’s pioneering history and ideals of freedom. For The Oxbow (1836), Cole meticulously sketched directly from nature (known as en plein air) before composing the painting in his studio. In addition to his American landscapes, Cole is also famous for his dramatic depictions of Classical ruins in Italy and imagined vistas, such as the L’Allegro (1845) and Il Penseroso (1845) that allude to the poetry of the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608-1674).

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About the work
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

Trustees Fund, Corporate Donors, and General …

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In the collection of American Art at LACMA.

Trustees Fund, Corporate Donors, and General Acquisition Fund (M.80.115)

Medium
Painting
Signature
Signed and dated lower right: T. Cole / 1845
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Thomas Cole
American, 1801–1848
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Romantic landscape painter Thomas Cole, who emigrated from England at the age of seventeen, inspired a generation of American landscape painters known as the Hudson River School. Settling in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Cole strove to represent the majesty of the American wilderness, symbolic of the country’s pioneering history and ideals of freedom. For The Oxbow (1836), Cole meticulously sketched directly from nature (known as en plein air) before composing the painting in his studio. In addition to his American landscapes, Cole is also famous for his dramatic depictions of Classical ruins in Italy and imagined vistas, such as the L’Allegro (1845) and Il Penseroso (1845) that allude to the poetry of the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608-1674).

Thomas Cole

Il Penseroso, 1845

Oil on canvas
32 3/8 × 48 1/16 in
82.2 × 122.1 cm
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