Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836
Really want to entrench yourself in local art history? Then paint at the summit of Mt. Holyoke! The mountain (not the college!) is the site of Thomas Cole’s 1836 painting “View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm” (commonly known as “The Oxbow”). This painting depicts the Connecticut River Valley and highlights Cole’s interest in depicting two parts of the American landscape: pastoral farmland and wild forest.
For full lesson, visit www.khanacademy.org.
View an interactive image of the painting at www.explorethomascole.org. (Can you see where the artist inserted an image of himself painting en plein air in the painting?)