The Thomas Cole National Historic Site

We took our Watermark University Art History class on the road to visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site for the Catskill Creek Exhibit. The residents enjoyed a tour of Cole’s family home and studio, and viewed his new exhibition of Catskill Creek paintings. Thomas Cole was an artist who cared passionately about the American landscape, specifically the Hudson River Valley. He founded this country’s first major art movement known as the Hudson River School. Created during an eighteen year period, which spans Thomas Cole’s mature career, the artist’s paintings of Catskill Creek tell the story of his discovery of Catskill Creek and its changes over time.

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