Landscape composition (Summer Sunset)

Thomas Cole, 1801–1848

ca. 1844–46

Oil on canvas

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.446

The growth of the United States fostered a new pride in its developing land and American artists were eager to celebrate with new modes of painting that sought to accentuate the differences between American and European topography. Many consider Thomas Cole the founder of the Hudson River School, the country’s first identifiable group of associated landscape painters.