Exhibitions/ Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings

At The Met Fifth Avenue
January 30–May 13, 2018
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition will establish Thomas Cole as a major artist of the 19th century within a global context. The artist's most iconic works, including The Oxbow (1836) and his five-part series The Course of Empire (1834–36) will be presented for the first time as a direct outcome of his transatlantic career. Consummate works by J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, among others, will reveal Cole's engagement with European art, while masterworks by Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church will demonstrate Cole's extraordinary legacy in establishing a school of 19th-century landscape art in America.

Accompanied by a catalogue.


The exhibition is made possible by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

Additional support is provided by White & Case LLP, the Enterprise Holdings Endowment, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and The National Gallery, London.

The catalogue is made possible by the William Cullen Bryant Fellows of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746


Thomas Cole (American, 1801–1848). View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow (detail), 1836. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 76 in. (130.8 x 193 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908 (08.228)