Tom Thomson: Decorative Panels Boxed Notecards
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.
Published with the National Gallery of Canada.
Ontario native Tom Thomson (1877–1917) became a commercial artist in his twenties and in 1909 was hired at the prominent Toronto engraving firm Grip Limited, a hotbed of talent employing several artists who would later found the famous Group of Seven.
In his free time, Thomson, an avid outdoorsman, loved to venture into northern Ontario’s rugged wilderness on painting expeditions. His boldly colored and textured landscapes soon found a following, and in 1915, Dr. J. M. MacCallum commissioned Thomson to paint a series of decorative panels for his cottage on Georgian Bay. Thomson painted seven such panels, four of which are now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and are reproduced here.
On July 8, 1917, Thomson canoed out onto a backcountry lake and never returned. His body was recovered from the lake a week later. Despite his untimely death, his influence lived on; taking Thomson’s lead, the Group of Seven turned paintings of the Canadian landscape into an iconic part of the country’s artistic identity.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Decorative panel / Panneau décoratif (I), 1915–1916
Decorative panel / Panneau décoratif (II), 1915–1916
Decorative panel / Panneau décoratif (III), 1915–1916
Decorative panel / Panneau décoratif (IV), 1915–1916