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"The Architect's Dream", Oil by Thomas Cole (1801-1848, England)
The Architect's Dream (1840) is oil on canvas painting by the founder of the Hudson River School and American artist Thomas Cole. Cole called Turner the prince of evil spirits, and he sought a form of expression for his megalomanic visions that at first sight looks more peaceful. In this painting the excessive size of the capital, on which the architect has reclined in reflection, only becomes clear on closer inspection. However, the reversal of the real conditions is intrinsically threatening, and this is hardly more peaceful than Turner's chaos. The painting (136 x 214 cm) is now in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio.