“Silver Birches” by Tom Thomson

  • Silver Birches by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2007
Located on site at the Hometown IDA Drugstore
Sponsored by: The Huntsville Hometown IDA and The BIA

This little gem of a sketch by Tom Thomson is a classic example of his genius use of colour. Being that black and white are not colours, he has used only three notable colours in this piece; green, blue and purple. Blue is the common thread as it is in the green and it is in the purple. The red in the purple is complimentary to the green, and this makes this work an exquisitly coloured harmonization. In fact, it is actually a colour chord, meaning this combination of colour creates a specific mood. The original version of this painting is 8 inches by 10 inches, perhaps painted on a calm summers night by the light of the moon.

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  • Address 10 Main St E, Huntsville ON
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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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