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Oct 21, 2014. - Jan 18, 2015.

Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life

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Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life: Youth, 1840, oil on canvas. Click to enlarge. Image courtesy of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, NY.

The Hudson River School master Thomas Cole takes over the Chrysler Museum’s newly expanded American art galleries for a very special exhibition of his largest and finest works. Its centerpiece is Cole's iconic series The Voyage of Life (1839–40), the pinnacle of his career and a landmark in Romantic landscape painting.

Spanning four monumental canvases, The Voyage of Life takes viewers on a journey through Childhood, Youth, Manhood, and Old Age, presenting each stage as progress along a grand but treacherous river.

These masterpieces from the collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, N.Y., are rarely loaned to other museums, and they embark on this historic tour together with many of the artist's seldom-exhibited original drawings and preliminary studies. The Chrysler’s own Thomas Cole painting, The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, the largest single canvas he ever created, joins this extraordinary tribute to one of the founding fathers of American art.

This free exhibition will be on view in Gallery 211 Oct. 21, 2014–Jan. 18, 2015.

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