1917 Painting by Tom Thomson Acquired by Board

  • Autumn Scene

    One of Canada’s most famous artists, Tom Thomson

    Largely self-taught, Tom Thomson painted nature spontaneously combining his skills as a graphic artist with a bold sense of colour to produce simple but powerful compositions. This work is typical of Thomson’s intimate scenes of wilderness. Painted on the spot on a small wooden panel of approximately 8 x 10 inches it reveals the artist’s immediate impressions. Thomson’s technique of gestural brushwork, spontaneity and thick full stabs of his brush make this small sketch of the northern wilderness a Canadian masterpiece.

    Tom Thompson

    Oil on panel

    2012.X.227

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    Painting of rocky shoreline with trees turning vibrant autumn colours, brush strokes visible