Landscape Painting in America: Cole and the Garden of Eden

     

Because he was not very good at portrait painting, Cole was forced to rely for the most part on theme painting. In this picture, he depicts Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

This painting uses both the Claude and Rosa formulas simultaneously. To the left is a stormy, sublime Rosa sky and to the right a bright, pleasant, picturesque Claude sky.



Thomas Cole, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, 1827, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston