“Northern River” by Tom Thomson

  • Northern River by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2006
Located on site at Sharpley's Source for Sports
*This mural is the studio painting*
Sponsored by: Swen Migland and The Huntsville BIA

This is Thomson's studio canvas version of the Northern River sketch, and is much more detailed and refined than his original wood panel version. It is a masterpiece of composition and colour use. This was the first painting Thomson sold to The National Gallery of Canada. He received $500; a huge sum of money at the time. He referred to it as "my swamp painting". Up close, the painting appears to be a very impressionistic/expressionistic and colourful, but when you look at it from far away (the other side of the parking lot) it becomes something very different. It is mind boggling the skill that Thomson really had.

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  • Address 18 Main St E, Huntsville ON
  • Category Tom Thomson
  • Location Huntsville

Artist Name : Tom Thomson

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Tom Thomson (1877-1917) was born in Claremont Ontario, and his family later to moved to Lieth in the Owen Sound area where he grew up. He spent a lot of time outdoors fishing and exploring his natural surroundings and had a keen interest in nature, learning about the native plants and animals of the area. He spent his young adulthood learning and training in business and graphic design, some of which was spent in Seattle, Washington where his brother operated a school of business. He returned to Toronto and got work in a commercial design house and worked under J.E.H. MacDonald. His love of the outdoors never left him, and after being encouraged by his boss and coworkers to take up painting, he ventured into Algonquin Park in 1912 with his paints and wooden panels. This would prove to be the turning point in his artist expression and in the history of Canadian art.

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