Booksigning w/H. Daniel Peck – “Thomas Cole’s Refrain”
June 25th, 6 pm – 7 pm
Oblong Books & Music
Over twenty years, Cole painted one view of the Catskill Mountains at least ten times. Each work represents the mountains from the perspective of a wide river bend near Catskill, New York. No other scene commanded this much of the artist’s attention.
Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, which include works central to American nineteenth-century landscape art, are an integral series. In Thomas Cole’s Refrain, H. Daniel Peck explores the patterns of change and permanence in the artist’s depiction of a scene he knew first-hand. Peck shows how the paintings express the artist’s deep attachment to place and region while illuminating his expansive imagination. Peck finds significant continuities―personal and conceptual―running throughout the Catskill Creek paintings, continuities that cast new light on familiar works and bring significance to ones never before seen by many viewers. Read More