Tom Thomson Notecard Folio
Ten full-color 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 2 designs) with envelopes in a decorative folio
Published with Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Tom Thomson was born in 1877 in Claremont, Ontario, and raised in Leith, near Owen Sound. In 1905, he settled in Toronto, where he took art classes. Thomson’s formal art training was, however, minimal. Around 1908, he was working at Grip Limited, as was J.E.H. MacDonald. At Grip, Thomson became part of a small group of like-minded artists who established a practice of regular outdoor sketching trips. These artists—who would eventually form the Group of Seven and included MacDonald, F.H. Varley, Arthur Lismer and Franklin Carmichael—gathered strength from mutual support to pioneer a new direction for Canadian landscape painting. Thomson focused his attention on the landscape of Algonquin Park, which he first visited in May of 1912, and it was there that he cultivated his aesthetic experience of the Canadian wilderness. In 1914, Thomson moved into a studio in Toronto, along with other artists, but spent most of his time in Algonquin Park until his untimely death in July 1917.
Thomson is renowned for the freshness and directness of his sketches, characterized by exuberant and quick dashes of strong colours, built-up texture and dynamic composition. He was a remarkable artist with a unique ability to capture his surrounding atmosphere and the immediacy of his vision. Many of Thomson’s oils were executed in only a few hours, but they remain masterpieces of modern, distinctly Canadian art.