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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The landscape paintings of Thomas Cole are amongst the most respected in this genre in all art history and this self-trained artist's work is particularly popular as art print reproductions.

As the driving force behind the Hudson River School, Cole's career was pivotal to the rising success of American artists. This was the first notable home-grown art movement and took in great influences from Europe, from where his own roots lie. He was joined in this movement by the likes of Church, Moran and Bierstadt whose work is also regularly ordered as frame art prints, posters or other artistic products. Their work is very flexible because of the timeless qualities of landscape art, and the continued support and love that it continue to receive. Thomas Cole's own career was substantial in both quality and quantity and this enables us to enjoy a great selection of paintings to choose from for our own homes.

There are many reasons why you might want to purchase Hudson River School prints such as this. Perhaps they can remind one of a memorable holiday out to the wilderness of some of the regions in which these artists worked. Alternatively, you may have a particular interest in this historical movement and the impact that it made in promoting the beauty of the North American landscape. Cole would also go beyond this region, creating several breaktaking paintings that were inspired by his time in Italy, featuring classical architecture within his open landscape scenes. Other examples from his career focused entirely on the natural environment and included no signs of human involvement at all.

Having starred within the 19th century, all of Cole's paintings are now free of copyright which allows retailers to offer reproductions of them without any additional charges. This also means that a full selection of his career output is available from a number of sources, and these websites are worth browsing when you have a spare moment - you may well discover work by this artist that you were never aware of. After picking your preferred artwork, you will then have a number of options to customise your finished product - including whether to frame it, and whether to include a small card on the outside of the print. There will also normally be a choice of size options too, which will be impacted by where you intend to hang your picture once it arrives.

Art followers with a broader interest would be wise to check our Da Vinci prints and Michelangelo prints, which provide stunning examples of the brilliance of the Italian Renaissance. There are reproductions of their precise drawings, extraordinary inventions, photographs of sculptures and, of course, some photos of their most famous paintings. Many of these are instantly recognisable, such was the fame that these artists enjoyed during their lifetimes and indeed ever since. There are also many other notable members of the various stages of the Renaissance also offered online in reproduction form too.