The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 – February 11, 1848)Thomas Cole was an American artist who was born in England. That’s right. He defected. He was born in 1801 and his family settled in Ohio in 1818. Let’s talk about his somewhat short life, his major influences and what academia thought of his works…..nahhhh….let’s just skip that and get right to the good stuff—his paintings and these paintings in particular.

The Course of Empire is a series of 5 paintings that take us from the The Savage State all the way to Desolation. Enjoy!

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