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The Voyage of Life, a Series of Allegorical Pictures: Youth, (painting)

Artist:
Cole, Thomas
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 2
The stream now pursues its course through a landscape of wider scope and more diversified beauty. . . . The Infant of the former scene is become a Youth, on the verge of Manhood. He is now alone in the Boat, and takes the helm himself; and in the attitude of confidence and eager expectation, gazes on a cloudy pile of Architecture, an air-built Castle, . . . The Guardian Spirit stands upon the bank of the stream, and with serious yet benignant countenance seems to be bidding the impetuous voyager "God Speed." The beautiful stream flows directly toward the aeriel palace, . . . until it at last descends with rapid current into a rocky ravine, where the voyager will be found in the next picture. Over the remote hills, which seem to intercept the stream, and turn it from its hitherto direct course, a path is dimly seen, tending directly toward that cloudy Fabric, which is the object and desire of the voyager. . . . The gorgeous cloud-built palace . . . is emblematic of the daydreams of youth, its aspirations after glory and fame, and the dimly-seen path would intimate that Youth, in his impetuous career, is forgetful that he is embarked on the Stream of Life, and that its current sweeps along with resistless force, and increases in swiftness as it descends toward the great Ocean of Eternity. [Pp. 5-6; the designation "A.N.A." appears after the name of the artist in the catalogue.]
Catalogue of Paintings of the Second Exhibition of the Boston Artists' Association, 1843, at Harding's Gallery, 22 School Street. Boston: Wm. White & H.P. Lewis Printers, 1843.
Artist professional affiliation: Associate National Academician.
Topic:
Allegory--Life--Youth
Landscape--River
Travel--Water--Boat
Miscellaneous--Series
Figure male
Control number:
AECI 00070002
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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