“Spring Ice” by Tom Thomson

  • Spring Ice Portage store

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Mural Artist: Marc Sorozan 2009
Located on site at The Portage Store
Sponsored by: The Portage Store

From 1913 through to 1917, Tom Thomson was known to be in Algonquin Park by early spring. He enjoyed capturing the last of the snow and the break up of the spring ice, which at the time was not a common themes for painting. This particular pieve was more than likely painted on Canoe Lake, where the mural is located today in Algonquin Park.

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  • Address Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park (km 14 on Hwy 60 from west gate)
  • Category Tom Thomson
  • Location Algonquin Park

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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