Terra Collection Initiative: American Encounters: Thomas Cole and the Narrative Landscape

Thomas Cole, Landscape with Figures: A Scene from “The Last of the Mohicans”, 1826, oil on panel, 26 1/8 x 43 1/16 in. (66.4 x 109.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1993.2

The Musée du Louvre, the High Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art partnered on the creation of a four-year collaboration devoted to the programming of annual, focused exhibitions of American and European art. The four institutions sought to share artwork and develop programs to broaden the dialogue about American art across geographic and cultural borders. One curator from each institution took the lead on each project. +

The first in the series American Encounters: Thomas Cole and the Narrative Landscape explored the landscape paintings of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. Building connections between European and American art and collections, Thomas Cole and the Narrative Landscape provided visitors to the partner institutions with the opportunity to experience significant works of art, such as Cole’s The Cross in the Wilderness, one of the Louvre’s few artworks by an American, in small, focused exhibitions, inviting contemplation and scholarly investigation.  A scholarly Study Day in Paris celebrated the beginning of this fruitful partnership, and a small catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition.


Dates & Venues

January 14–April 16, 2012
Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

May 12–August 13, 2012
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

September 22, 2012–January 6, 2013
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection


Faroult, Guillaume. Thomas Cole: La Croix dans la contrée sauvage. Paris: Louvre éditions et Somogy Editions d’Art, 2011.

Faroult, Guillaume. Thomas Cole: The Cross in the Wilderness. Paris: Louvre éditions et Somogy Editions d’Art, 2011.

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Symposium program: “L’art américain au musée, nouvelles installations et enjeux contemporains internationaux,” Musée du Louvre, January 14, 2012

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