Master, Mentor, Master:
Thomas Cole and Frederic Church


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church-catskillcreek-1847-washingtonctymusThe new exhibition of landscape masterpieces by Frederic Church and Thomas Cole is now open at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, featuring twenty artworks from 1844-1850, focusing on the early work of Church when he began studying with Cole in Catskill, New York.

The exhibition, on view through November 2, 2014, includes plein air studies by Church when he was an 18-year-old apprentice as well as large, highly finished and stunningly skillful paintings that were completed just a few years later. Compare Church’s work to Cole’s from the same time period as they covered the same territory together.

The exhibition is curated by John Wilmerding, the former Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art, with associate curator Kate Menconeri. It is on view Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, and admission is $10 or $9 for students and seniors.

The Thomas Cole Historic Site is located at 218 Spring St, in Catskill, NY. For more information, visit their website.

Illustration: Frederic Church, Catskill Creek, 1847. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD.

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