Northern Influenced Tom Thomson

My brain has been crammed with work lately and every night before I go to bed I read a biography about the painter, Tom Thomson. It helps me to escape dwelling about my ridiculous, chock-a-block commute to work, the adjustment of getting use to ‘real’ work again and urban life in general. For those of you familiar with Tom Thomson’s work, you will know that he was obsessed with capturing the Northern spirit on canvas. He lived in Algonquin Park for years – painting trees at different times of the years, capturing light, water and nature in general. Northern Influenced Tom Thomson:

Pine Trees at Sunset, Oil Sketch, 1915-1916.

My favourite picture of Tom Thomson (the dog looking dog into the water is great!)

Spotted here.

I am not going to get into all the nitty gritty about his mysterious death (which I love reading about), or how I totally adore him for his love of Algonquin and all things outdoorsy (but I do!) or how he was an incredibly talented painter (which he was!). I just wanted to share his artwork with you… So here is some of my favourite images of Tom and his work.

Tom fishing in Algonquin, Canoe Lake. Spotted here.

One of Tom’s most well known painting, The Jack Pine, 1916 (the year before he died)

This may sound odd as it isn’t the most attractive of Thomson’s work but I truly feel like this next one captures Algonquin perfectly.

View From A Height, Algonquin Park. Spotted here.

Northern River, spotted here

Maple Saplings, spotted here.

Sorry this one is so small. Smoke Lake. Spotted here.

As a dapper young man

Michael Gallery – excellent Gallery by the way. Go if you can!

Tom use to often stay at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park during his time there. In August, I trekked over to the location of his original burial site at Canoe Lake with family and family friends. It is amazing to think about Mowat (what they called the ‘town’ settlement there) once had a population of 500! That would have been during the high of the logging boom. During Tom’s time it would have been mostly outdoorsmen types, cottagers and their families.

Canoe Lake.

There are still some monuments to the past at Canoe Lake

The remains of an old chimney for an old cottage

An old boat.

Remains of Mowat Lodge (presumably? Although it could be from another foundation)

Garbage heap. Only I would take pictures of old garbage. Seriously demented.

Interested in how to get to Tom Thomson’s original burial site? Well I don’t just tell that to anyone! Email me!

p.s. it seems that this week’s theme has been ‘art’ – I just realized that so sorry for those of you feel like there has been an art overload. Completely, utterly unintentional!

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  • I love Tom Thomson (and the rest of the Group of Seven) so much! I have a cottage on Georgian Bay and his work captures the spirit of the Bay and the North in general. I’ve always wanted to go to Algonquin Park as well because my grandfather has a lake named after him there! Carl Wilson Lake 🙂
    I just found out that the Dulwich Picture Gallery is doing a Tom Thomson and Group of Seven exhibition next month! I am very excited to see how the paintings are in a culture that has no knowledge of the subject matter and I’m excited to show my boyfriend who is oh so very British!

  • Great post! I remember visiting the gallery when I was young with my parents. I love the Smoke Lake painting and that pic of him and the dog on the dock is awesome 🙂

  • ShanaM

    Cool. I haven’t been to Algonquin Park since I eas a kid. I love the Group of Seven

  • Ursula E rettich

    Thank you for that Ursula

  • Meghan Sherwin

    Hey there, I’m trying to purchase a gift for a lover of all things Tom Thompson and thought I’d ask you as you’re so well read on the subject 🙂 What was Tom Thompson’s favorite drink?/wine? Has it ever been recorded anywhere?

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