Born in Haiti, raised in France, emigrated to the US when he was 18, he assembled a unique collection of paintings of birds from his many field trips.
His working methods were traditional, in making copious drawings and oil sketches in front of the motif, then composing those into large finished oil paintings.
From Corot to Sérusier, the American Thomas Cole to the British John Brett, a collection of superb landscapes of the city.
We journey on, through Thomas Cole’s classical city, to the Garden of Armida, briefly to Paradise, past the submerged city of Ys, ending up in a Surrealist vision of the Dorset coast.
Atlas, who bears the heavens on his shoulders. Prometheus, who deceived Zeus and was bound by chains as punishment, an eagle eating his liver each day. Epimetheus, who married Pandora.
Hosting Lord Byron’s Alpine Witch, as the birth canal for Thomas Cole’s ‘Voyage of Life’, and an attempt by Courbet to return to the womb? The versatility of caves.
Paintings of the spectacular coast of Maine, from Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, and others.
Two Romantic series from the founder of the Hudson River School, showing the rise and loss of civilisation, and the stages of life.
Understanding the optical principles of reflections ensures that you understand how they should appear.
Consideration of landscapes as decorative backdrops, altered visions leading to fantasy, and a summary of the series.