H. Daniel Peck - "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek"

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Dan Peck

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.

H. Daniel Peck is John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College. He has chaired the Modern Language Association's Division on Nineteenth-century American Literature and has published and spoken widely on the literary and visual art of the Romantic era. Peck is the author and editor of several books, including Thoreau's Morning Work.

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