Thomas Cole's Journey will run at the National Gallery from June 11 to October 7 next year. Simultaneously, Course of Empire which examines Ed Ruscha's redefinition of America's landscape, will run.

The U.K. shows are a tribute to American artists, although both are completely separate from one another, the exhibitions open up a dialogue about 19th to 21st century American art in Britain.

English-born Cole, was regarded as one of the founders of the Hudson River School, a mid-19th century movement of landscape artists influenced by romanticism.

Thomas Cole's Journey at the National Gallery, will present The Course of the Empire paintings, 1833-36, and Cole's seminal work The Oxbow, 1836, which will be the first time the piece has been exhibited in Britain.

Cole_Thomas_The_Consummation_The_Course_of_the_Empire_1836 Thomas Cole, The Consummation The Course of the Empire, 1836

The National Gallery show will explore the connections between Cole and his English contemporaries John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.

cw-18877-medium Artist Ed Ruscha

Skip forward a to the 20th century, to the work of Oklahoma-born artist Ed Ruscha. The works present in Course of Empire are from the U.S.'s entry to the 51st Venice Biennale, which was presented under the same name. The title derives from Thomas Cole's work of a similar name, as Ruscha was inspired by Cole's depictions of America on a Canvas.

During a career that has spanned six decades, Ruscha has engaged with a less-romantic, more industrial portrayal of the America. The works in Course of Empire center around L.A.'s functional and neat buildings.

The co-current exhibitions will be an exciting opportunity for one of Europe's biggest art institutions to present the works of major American artists to a new audience. Last year at Sotheby's, London, Ruscha's work Mirror-Image Level became the highest price paid for the artist's work in the U.K. Check out realized prices for Ruscha and Thomas Cole here.

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