Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson  Yellow Sunset oil on wood 21.3 x 26.7 cm

There are some strong similarities between the Canadian artist Tom Thomson (1877-1917) and Vincent Van Gogh. Both had an emotional approach, their work seemingly able to sweep the viewer off his/her feet with their gorgeous color, thickly applied paint and bold design. They were largely self-taught, sold little of their work during their lifetimes, and both of them died young. 

Tom Thomson's early death prevented him from being an official member of The Group of Seven, but his passionate paintings of the Canadian wilderness were a major source of inspiration for them.  

Whether his subject was a screen of trees against a lake, or an expanse of sky, Thomson's compositions emphasize the flat plane of the painting surface. He will often slightly stylize elements in his work, as you can see in "Pink Island", below.

Tom Thomson  Pink Island (date unknown)

 Tom Thomson  Hot Summer Moonlight oil on wood 21.4 26.7 cm 1915

In honor of Elizabeth Wilson's passionate interest in the subject of changeable skies, for the rest of September we'll be looking at landscape paintings with a strong emphasis on the heavens. If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph with a focus on the sky (not your own work please) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you. 

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