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Tom Thomson

Artist
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Net worth 2018: $800,000
Industry: Painters
Residence: Claremont
Country: Canadian
BirthDay: 5 August 1877
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: July 8, 1917
BIOGRAPHY

Tom Thomson was bornon 5 August 1877 in Claremont, Canadian, is Artist. Tom Thomson was a renowned Canadian painter and artist during the early 20th century, who inspired the formation of the ‘Group of Seven’, the first national school of art in Canada, established in 1920. After taking up different odd jobs in Canada and the US, he returned to his hometown, Ontario, to pursue a career in arts. While working in various photo-engraving firms, he honed his artistic skills and started making weekend painting trips with a couple other adventurous painters, until he discovered Algonquin Park, which became his painting hub. His wilderness-themed paintings and sketches were largely inspired by this provincial park. Some of his career’s most popular artworks have been ‘The Northern River’, ‘The Jack Pine’, and ‘The West Wind’. He died unexpectedly at a time when he had just started mastering his craft and getting some recognition. He is counted among Canada’s hugely talented artists, for his superb portrayal of Canadian wilderness on the canvas, his marvelous use of striking colors, and simple interpretation of landscapes. He has been highly credited and appreciated by art historians for marvelously capturing the rugged beauty of Algonquin Park during the early 1910s.

TIMELINE
1967

The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery was opened in Owen Sound in 1967, as a mark of tribute to this amazing artist

1917

Beatty on Hayhurst Point overlooking Canoe Lake, where Thomson often camped, in September 1917

1914

From 1914 to 1917, he spent spring to autumn in Algonquin Park, making sketches in spring and fall and working as a guide and fire ranger during summers, eventually becoming a great canoeist and woodsman

1913

In 1913, his first major painting ‘A Northern Lake’ was put up at the Ontario’s Society of Artists exhibition

1912

He took up work at Rous and Mann Press, a commercial art firm, in 1912, but left a year later to become a full-time artist

1909

In 1909, he moved on from Legg Brothers to Grip Ltd

1904

He returned to Canada in 1904 and joined a photo-engraving firm, Legg Brothers, in Toronto as a senior artist

1901

He dropped after eight months and moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1901 to help his brother, George, in setting up the Acme Business College

1899

He volunteered for Second Boer War in 1899, but failed to enlist due to his medical condition

1877

Thomas John Thomson was born on August 5, 1877, near Claremont, Ontario, as the sixth of ten children, to a farmer John Thomson and Margaret Mathewson

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