(1801- 1848). The Titan's Goblet. (1833). Hudson River School.
Founder of the Hudson River School Thomas Cole is famous for the size and the majesty of his landscapes. He often uses the fantastic one at spiritual ends in these works. In Greek mythology, the Titans, given birth to by Ouranos, the Sky, and Gaia, the Earth, are equipped with an immense size and an enormous force. They are 6. Their names are: Ocean, Coeos, Crios, Hypérion, Japet and Cronos. They have for brothers Hécatonchires and the Cyclops known as ouraniens, and as sisters the six Titanides. Imprisoned by their father in the depths of the Earth after their birth, the Titans are released by Cronos, youngest of them. This one, after having attacked and having mutilated Ouranos, succeeds to him as a Master of the Universe.Cronos conceives with Rhéa: Zeus, Hestia, Déméter, Héra, Hadès and Poséidon.Become adult, Zeus engages long and terrible fight against his father, with the assistance of his brothers and sisters and other Olympic gods. The Titans are defeated and, except for Océan, precipitated in the Tartar, where they are supervised by Hécatonchires. This goblet of Titan placed at the edge of cliff lets imagine the size of its owner….The landscape, as often in works of Thomas Cole is opened, one sees water and the sea. The glance of the spectator is guided by the goblet and the elements of the landscape.
The horizon is rather high, the point of view of the spectator is a little lower what emphasizes the contents of the goblet.
The goblet is placed on 3 point natural of interest. 2 are on the high horizontal tension field, 1 with the intersection of the low horizontal line and the right vertical line.
The painting can be divided into 3 thirds. In bottom a rather dark zone in top a very luminous zone and between the 2 an intermediate zone. This range upwards of dark towards light makes it possible to attract the glance with far…
The guiding lines of the foreground guide the glance towards the goblet then with far…
At the bottom of Goblet the falls, a seaside city and bathers.
In the cut one perceives sailing ships which sail and of the buildings on the banks of this enormous artificial lake. The proportions are gigantic…
With far behind the goblet a stretch of water, the sea or a lake…
Light : The light comes from the sky to the background. It comes to be reflected inside the cut and slightly on the ground on the left.
Colors : There exists a strong contrast clearly obscure between the top and the bottom of the painting. With regard to the colors their colors are either clear or dark, they contrast little between them.
Similar Paintings :
Thomas Cole. The Castkill Falls. (1826).
Thomas Cole. Romantic Landscape with Ruined Tower. (1832).