Thomas Cole's Americas
This book situates the reader between an original, passionate retelling of the Cole’s life from new sources and a deep investigation into the true meanings of his work. Delving beyond the superficial to discuss the relationship between the artist and his subjects, Thomas Cole’s Americas recounts the interconnected story of art and life as told by Cole through his paintings. With 44 colour plates and 63 black-white figures, it is an original cultural history that describes the life of the creative mind that engendered Cole’s art and details how his paintings incorporate specific, prophetic stories for those who would see, hear, and comprehend. Cole sought out the human histories witnessed by once-pristine landscapes; he then painted the mythic stories that told of original civilizations and primordial geologies. Throughout the book, location and artistic representation are discussed with regard to history and life, and how human history can be gleaned from the very bones of our natural environment.
George H. Gilpin is the co-author of Indian Renaissance: British Romantic Art and the Prospect of India (2006; 2016) and co-editor of Charles D’Oyly’s Lost Satire of British India (2021. He authored “Thomas Cole and the Wild American Sublime” in Nature, Politics, and the Arts (2015). He received his doctorate from Rice University, and, as Provost of the University of Tulsa, spearheaded the acquisition of the manuscript archives of V. S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, and William Trevor.
Hermione de Almeida is the co-author of Indian Renaissance: British Romantic Art and the Prospect of India (2006; 2016). Author of Romantic Medicine and John Keats (1990) and Byron and Joyce through Homer (1978), she has edited essay collections on Keats (1990), Romantic science (2004), and Romantic culture (2015). She is co-editor of Charles D’Oyly’s Lost Satire of British India (2021). She received her doctorate from Columbia University and is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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