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Thomas Cole, The Architect’s Dream
Thomas Cole, The Architect’s Dream

Cole, the great American landscape painter looks across the vast history of Western architecture

Albert Bierstadt, <em>Hetch Hetchy Valley, California</em>
Albert Bierstadt, Hetch Hetchy Valley, California

Captured here in paint, this grand Californian landscape would soon disappear under water.

Thomas Cole, <em>The Hunter’s Return</em>
Thomas Cole, The Hunter’s Return

Cole feared for the American landscape as his country expanded westward.

Fitz Henry Lane, <em>Owl’s Head, Penobscot Bay, Maine</em>
Fitz Henry Lane, Owl’s Head, Penobscot Bay, Maine

“Luminism” sounds like a subject at Hogwarts, but it actually describes landscape paintings like this one.

Thomas Cole, <em>Expulsion from the Garden of Eden</em>
Thomas Cole, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

Adam and Eve have just been evicted from Paradise, and the grass was definitely greener on the other side.

Washington Allston, <em>Elijah in the Desert</em>
Washington Allston, Elijah in the Desert

Can we call a landscape painting “emo”? This brooding, melancholy canvas definitely tempts us to.

Frederic Edwin Church, <em>Niagara</em> and <em>Heart of the Andes</em>
Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara and Heart of the Andes

Church was the child star of nineteenth-century landscape painting; these astonishing canvases show us why.

Emanuel Leutze, <em>Washington Crossing the Delaware</em>
Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware

This gigantic canvas is one of the most famous in the history of American art, but it wasn’t made in the USA.

George Catlin, <em>The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas</em>
George Catlin, The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas

This dignified portrait of a Native leader belies the cruel treatment he endured at the time of its painting.

Thomas Cole, <em>The Oxbow</em>
Thomas Cole, The Oxbow

Not content to merely paint the land, Cole elevated the landscape to approach the status of historical painting.

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