The Hot Canadian Painter I Met on the Internet : Notes on Tom Thomson

Aug. 5 is the birthday of an artist whose Northern landscapes captivate me, although I’ve only studied pictures of his paintings. The Internet can provide wonderful introductions to works of art we may want to someday visit in person.

Thomson, “In the Northland, “ Winter (1915–16), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Image in public domain, contributed to Wikipedia by Tkbrett.
Franklin Carmichael, photo of Thomson fishing in Algonquin Park, c. 1914–16. Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
Thomson, “Old Lumber Dam, Algonquin Park,” 1912. The Jack Pine, 1916. Both paintings in the collection fo the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Images in public domain, as posted to Wikipedia by contributor Tkbrett.
Thomson’s “Old Lumber Dam, Algonquin Park,” 1912.
Left, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, “Rocks in the Forest of Fontainebleau,” 1860/1865. National Gallery of Art, image in public domain via NGA site. Right, Thomson’s “Old Lumber Dam, Algonquin Park”
The Jack Pine, Winter 1916–17. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Image in public domain, also posted in Wikipedia from Tkbrett.
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Thomson, “Mississagi,” 1912. Sketch. Image in public domain of a work held in a private collection. Thomson, “Northern Lake,” 1912–13. Art Gallery of Ontario. Imaged in public domain, posted in Wikipedia from Tkbrett.
Thomson, “Northern River, “Winter 1914–15. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Copy of image in public posted on Wikipedia.
Thomson, “In Algonquin Park, Winter. 1914–15. McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Wikipedia copy of work in public domain.
Thomson, “The Pool,” Winter 1915–16. National Gallery of Canada. Copy of image in public domain posted on Wikipedia.
Thomson, “The West Wind,” 1917. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Copy of image in public domain posted on Wikipedia.

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