Thomas Cole, 1842 - The Voyage of Life: Old Age - fine art print

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The 19th century painting with the title The Voyage of Life: Old Age was painted by the male artist Thomas Cole. The artpiece is part of the art collection of National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C., United States of America. We are pleased to reference that the public domain piece of art is being provided with courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.Creditline of the artwork: . In addition to this, the alignment is landscape with an aspect ratio of 3 : 2, which means that the length is 50% longer than the width. The painter Thomas Cole was a North American artist from United States, whose style can mainly be assigned to Romanticism. The Romanticist painter was born in 1801 in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, county and passed away at the age of 47 in the year 1848 in Catskill, Greene county, New York state, United States.

Product materials our customers can pick from

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  • The canvas print: A printed canvas applied on a wood frame. Canvas prints are relatively low in weight, which implies that it is quite simple to hang up your Canvas print without the help of additional wall-mounts. A canvas print is suited for all kinds of walls.
  • The poster print on canvas material: The Artprinta poster is a printed sheet of flat canvas with a nice texture on the surface, which reminds the original work of art. The poster print is appropriate for placing the art copy in a custom frame. Please keep in mind, that depending on the absolute size of the poster print we add a white margin of approximately 2-6cm around the painting, which facilitates the framing.
  • Acrylic glass print: A glossy print on acrylic glass, which is sometimes described as a print on plexiglass, will transform the original artwork into brilliant décor. In addition, the acrylic art print is a good alternative to aluminium or canvas prints. The artwork is being printed thanks to state-of-the-art UV direct printing machines. The great advantage of a plexiglass print is that sharp contrasts and granular details become recognizeable thanks to the granular tonal gradation of the print. Our acrylic glass protects your chosen fine art print against light and heat for up to 60 years.
  • Metal (aluminium dibond print): Aluminium Dibond prints are prints on metal with an outstanding depth effect. The white and bright parts of the artpiece shimmer with a silky gloss but without any glare.

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Structured product details

Article type: art reproduction
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Production technique: UV direct print
Product Origin: produced in Germany
Type of stock: on demand production
Intended product use: home décor, home design
Artwork alignment: landscape alignment
Side ratio: 3 : 2
Side ratio meaning: the length is 50% longer than the width
Available reproduction materials: poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), canvas print, metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) options: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) sizes: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16"
Poster print (canvas paper) variants: 60x40cm - 24x16"
Aluminium dibond print size options: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16"
Art print framing: not available

Piece of art information

Title of the work of art: "The Voyage of Life: Old Age"
Artwork classification: painting
Category: modern art
Artwork century: 19th century
Artwork year: 1842
Approximate age of artwork: more than 170 years old
Museum: National Gallery of Art
Place of the museum: Washington D.C., United States of America
Website of the museum:
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

Artist summary table

Name: Thomas Cole
Alternative names: Cole, Cole Thomas, Cole T., Thomas Cole
Artist gender: male
Artist nationality: American
Jobs of the artist: painter
Country: United States
Classification: modern artist
Art styles: Romanticism
Died at the age of: 47 years
Born: 1801
Born in (place): Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, county
Year died: 1848
Died in (place): Catskill, Greene county, New York state, United States

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Original artwork specifications from National Gallery of Art (© - National Gallery of Art - National Gallery of Art)

Cole's renowned four-part series traces the journey of an archetypal hero along the "River of Life." Confidently assuming control of his destiny and oblivious to the dangers that await him, the voyager boldly strives to reach an aerial castle, emblematic of the daydreams of "Youth" and its aspirations for glory and fame. As the traveler approaches his goal, the ever-more-turbulent stream deviates from its course and relentlessly carries him toward the next picture in the series, where nature's fury, evil demons, and self-doubt will threaten his very existence. Only prayer, Cole suggests, can save the voyager from a dark and tragic fate.

From the innocence of childhood, to the flush of youthful overconfidence, through the trials and tribulations of middle age, to the hero's triumphant salvation, The Voyage of Life seems intrinsically linked to the Christian doctrine of death and resurrection. Cole's intrepid voyager also may be read as a personification of America, itself at an adolescent stage of development. The artist may have been issuing a dire warning to those caught up in the feverish quest for Manifest Destiny: that unbridled westward expansion and industrialization would have tragic consequences for both man and nature.


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