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48″ x 60″, Acrylic on Canvas
Tom Thomson was a visual artist who worked closely with members of the “Group of Seven” in Toronto. He is known to have been encouraged by them and inspired their work. Although, he was never officially part of the group as it formed after his death. Thomson spent time travelling through the Canadian landscape; painting, fishing and often canoeing in Algonquin Park during the summer months. In July of 1917, Tom Thomson died in Canoe Lake. The official cause of his death was ‘accidental drowning’. However, there are many questions surrounding his sudden, unexpected death and many people have speculated as to the actual cause. When I reflect on his time at Algonquin provincial park, I like to believe that there were many moments when Tom tied a flashy silver spoon onto his fishing line, pushed off the shore of Canoe Lake and paddled out alone in his canoe. I imagine him enjoying the crisp morning air and casting his line into the clear calm waters to contemplate the Canadian Landscape and find inspiration for painting. Tom influenced Canada’s most famous painters, the “Group of Seven” and countless artists after. I wonder what he would think of Toronto, of Canada and the pulse of the art scene if he were alive today?