Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was an American artist who was the founder of the Hudson River School of romantic American Landscape painting. Cole was well known for his work a being realistic and had a meticulous depiction of American landscape which featured themes of romanticism. Cole was born in England but at 17 years old his family immigrated to Ohio where Cole learned the foundation of his profession. Landscape art was not Cole’s only skill, he also was known for doing sketches, which produced some very skillful and well known pieces. Cole’s personal life was full and enriched with 5 children one of which passed away at birth, and he was married at 26 years of age to the niece of the studio he worked for in New York.
The nineteenth century was a period where artists of all kinds were changing and developing their own style. These artists were inspired by a growing society, their relationship with the natural world and the wave of transcendentalism. A part of the transcendentalist movement Henry David Thoreau published several pieces involving his own views on nature, solitude and various aspects about life. The transcendentalists and Thoreau shared many beliefs, including, that there was an immanent connection between man and nature. Thoreau focused on self-reliance and having an independent connection to nature that is expressed best in one of his most famous books, Walden.
The 1920s saw the growth of popular recreation, in part because of higher wages and increased leisure time. Just as automobiles were mass-produced, so was recreation during the 1920s. Mass-circulations magazines like Reader’s Digest and Time (established 1923) enjoyed enormous success. Radio also rose to prominence as a source of news and entertainment during the 1920s: NBC was founded in 1926 and CBS a year later. Movies were the most popular leisure attraction of the times, making stars out of Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, and Mary Pickford. But with economic success and a cultural renaissance, came political isolationism, a wide gap between wealthy and poor, as well as new forms of racism.
Thomas Cole swayed from passion to passion in his young life until he finally found his passion for painting when he was about 20. Thomas Cole was born in England in 1801 and moved to America in 1819 “in pursuit of a better life.” This is where Thomas Cole first found his immense love for painting. During his childhood, Thomas Cole dabbled in many different kinds of art including music, woodwork, and other unique art forms. When Thomas Cole
The Odyssey, one of the oldest texts known to mankind, has made a permanent mark in the heart of Greek art and literature forever. The Odyssey is known as the story of a long forgotten king, Odysseus, exploring the seas, going on his long quest to make his way back to his homeland. One grand encounter Odysseus faces are the mythical creatures known as the sirens. The sirens are notorious for the beautiful song they sing, but this song leaves a deceiving effect on anyone who hears the words, and anyone who’s heard the song has either been killed or does not remember. The only way Odysseus could return home is if he sailed passed the sirens. To keep Odysseus’ men from falling victim to the song, he filled their ears with beeswax. He told his
Thomas Cole was originally born in Lancashire, England in 1801. In 1818 he and his parents moved to America. Cole’s father wanted him to be a lawyer. However, Cole self-thought himself in the art where he found his true passion on painting. Cole always found picturesque landscapes for which showed interest at an early age. Cole suddenly became a recognizable artist working in cities such as Ohio, Pittsburg and Philadelphia where he came to work with the Philadelphia academy.
Beauford Delaney was an African-American painter in the 19th century. He was best known for his aesthetic artwork. His artwork was magnificent and had a meaning to it. Not only was he a painter, but he was the most true loving friend to famous novelist James Baldwin. He even painted a portrait of James Baldwin called“The Portrait of James Baldwin,” . Even though he struggled with mental health and financial problems, he still is known today. Some of his works can be found in museums in Washington D.C., New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia. You can also see him in books and schools. He is very important to our African-American culture. He will be truly missed for showing his love and kindness in his paintings.
Personally, I feel very connected to the painting because of my experiences of living on the Texas Coast. A majority of my fondest memories have been on the beach and surrounded by water. “Clouds over Laguna” is a very familiar sight to me and feels like home. Most of my birthdays have been spent on the Texas coast enjoying the water and the sights. The movement of water is very calming to me and whenever I’m stressed I turn to the Texas Coast as a way of relieving that
The 1920s and 1930s was a time when everyone was inspired by jazz and urban, black expression. It was a moment when modern African American culture took people's imagination. Archibald Motley, an visual artist, born in 1891 in New Orleans, LA and raised in Chicago, IL was one of the most widely recognized African American artists in the 20th century. And one of the most important 20th century artist in Chicago. He contributed to artistry of black culture and history in many different ways. Not to mention, Motley was a great importance during the Harlem Renaissance time period, known as a symbolic painter. Greatly known for his paintings of jazz culture in passionate city scenes and black social life. Motley made many contributions to life in
“In the silence of their studios, busied for days at a time with works which leave the mind relatively free, painters become like women; their thoughts can revolve around the minor facts of life and penetrate their hidden meaning.” There’s a hidden meaning or objective behind every artist’s work. We all interpret paintings differently; some art can be forms of phi phenomenon (illusion of movement created by presenting visual stimuli in rapid succession), or others could be interpreting cues such as Monocular and Binocular. We can’t fully understand what the artist is trying to present unless there is an outline, but we can surely look at the texture, colour, line and shape of each painting to get a meaning for ourselves. A person that demonstrates a form of interpreting his art is Stu Oxley. Stu Oxley is a Canadian Artist with a Masters of fine Art. Oxley has been painting and teaching for thirty years within Ontario. Oxley’s painting consist of an atmospheric washes or rich colours that possess markings that emphases his hands and interrupting the works subtle tonal shifts. Oxley thought that paintings were a way to express a sense of moment. Oxley wanted people to look at his paintings and be moved by emotions and get different aspect of
Tom Thompson is a very iconic Canadian Artist, throughout his years he has many things impact and influence his style and work. He mainly sketched the images he saw and then painted them with Oil on Canvas. Thomson was born August 5th, 1877 in Claremont Ontario. He grew up on a farm in Leith, Owen Sound. He always interested in drawing and painting. Thompson really appreciated the outdoors and loved fishing which leaded him to some of his exploration around Canoe Lake and Algonquin park. A fishing trip in 1917 lead to his death, his body was found 8 days later and recorded as accidental drowning which still remains one of the biggest Canadian mysteries. His influences Included Canadian Landscapes. Another significant influence is his peers. Another Influence that impacted his work was his Family.
Alan Magee was a realistic and also modernist painter in the the '90s who lived in Rockland, Maine (Alan Magee pg.1). His inspiration was driven from either trips he and his wife went on, or the political standings of the time. Even in the middle of one series of paintings, he would stop if a new idea enveloped his mind (Alan Magee 1981-1991, pg. 9-12). Alan Magee 's art work was influenced by many things in his life.
Oliver Evans, born near Newport Delaware 1755, was an inventor and engineer during the American Industrial Revolution. As a young teenage boy, Evans was an apprentice to a wheelwright. Other than his apprenticeship Evens had no formal training and was self-taught in mechanics and engineering. At the age of 21 Evans had created his first working machine. This machine created improved leather, wool combing cards containing 1000 teeth each reducing the amount of time it took to prepare the wool prior to spinning. (Britannica, Encyclopedia)
Thomas Eakins was born and lived in Philadelphia for most of his life. His father, Benjamin Eakins, was a weaver, and Thomas often observed his father at work. This led him to develop skills in drawing lines, perspective, and the use of a grid, which he later used for his art.
“When the wind blows, some build walls while others build windmills.” This quote was incorporated to demonstrate the different emotions and reactions people have towards change. Change can be both negative and positive and while some people embrace it, others are frightened by it. In collection 3, it can be inferred that many of the stories such as, The Metamorphosis, Life After People, The Starry Night, and The Lord of the Flies, show how change can negatively affect someone 's life, a groups lives, or in extreme cases, the world.