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August 12, 2016

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A View of the Two Lakes and Mountain House,
Catskill Mountains, Morning

Thomas Cole

The artist is considered the founder of The Hudson River School. And is considered by me to be a bit of a whiny-baby.


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Cole was enraptured by the mountains, crags, and verdant valleys that rim the Hudson River in upstate New York and spent much of his time at his house near the town of Catskill, on the banks of Catskill Creek. By 1837, however, the landscape no longer resembled this canvas. The Canajoharie and Catskill Railroad was being constructed through its heart, dooming hundreds of trees. Cole, who was also a poet and an essayist, wrote in despair of the ruthless sacrifice. In the painting, the misty distant mountains, the calm light on the water, and the pastoral figures in the foreground constitute a scene that he mourned as lost forever.

I'm willing to bet that that area has as many if not more trees now than it did before Cole showed up.

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