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“Thomas Cole was the founder of the “Hudson River School.” In this essay he makes a case for the importance of American landscape painting. How does he see the American landscape? Why did he feel it necessary to write this essay? What are some aspects of American scenery that he particularly admires? What season most intrigues him? What, if any, does he see as the shortcomings of the American scenery? What about the inevitability of progress and its impact on the landscape?
Now read “The Fine Arts” from Knickerbocker Magazine. What does the writer think about a nationalistic American school of painting and why? What does he think of Native American subjects? How do American artists perceive nature? What does he think about American patrons? What is his notion of an elevated subject?
Compare this to Cole’s view of American scenery. How might Cole have reacted to the writer’s opinions? ”
This is the prompt of what my professor wants. Have to finish the reading first and answer those questions.