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Thomas Cole, 1801–1848, Destruction, about 1833–1836
The Course of Empire is a series of five paintings depicting the rise and fall of an imaginary city, representing humanity as a whole. The painting Destruction, the fourth in the series, shows the complete destruction of the city while a storm rages in the background. The location is distinctly identifiable in each of the paintings, in part because of an unusual landmark: a large boulder is situated atop a crag overlooking the valley. It seems that a fleet of enemy warriors has overthrown the city's defenses, sailed up the river, and is ransacking the city and killing its inhabitants. A statue stands headless, still striding forward into the uncertain future. A detail in the lower right of the third painting in the series, "The Consummation of Empire", shows two children, maybe brothers, fighting, one clad in red and the other in green - the colours of banners of the two contending forces in "Destruction," which thus might depict a foreshadowed civil war. The children, now men, are shown, with one having finally prevailed over the other but seemingly in contemplation of the heavy price paid.
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Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848) was one of the most influential painters of American Wilderness. Born in England, he moved to the United States as a young man, where he became one of the major 19th-century painters, focusing on landscapes and historic paintings. He was the first artist to get inspiration from European Romantic landscape to paint American landscape. He travelled all over France and Italy to get inspiration, that’s where he worked on the 5 paintings of the series Course of Empire, which showed the rise and fall of an imaginary city, representing humanity. He is said to have inspired the creation of the Hudson River School, an art movement from the 19th century whose goal was to depict the majesty of the American landscape.
Thomas Cole was a very religious man and he often included religious themes in his paintings. He wanted to use landscape to express moral meanings, often showing destruction and the fall of civilisation.
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