The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is currently exhibiting Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life, a series of four huge paintings depicting four stages in a man's life. From the Dixon's current exhibitions page:
In the late 1820s, British émigré artist Thomas Cole emerged as a leading figure among a group of painters whose works embodied the romantic spirit of pre-Civil War America, later known as the Hudson River School. The Voyage of Life, Cole’s series of four allegorical landscapes is one of his greatest achievements. ....I find the series depressing in that it starts off brightly-lit and filled with hope and becomes progressively darker and filled with struggle before the man submits resignedly to his fate. Or maybe I'm misinterpreting the work, but you be the judge. Here they are:
Also on display is Sunset, by Frederic Edwin Church:
I wandered the gardens while I was there, as I always do.