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Tom Thomson

In the Northland


Tom Thomson
Claremont, Ontario, 1877 – Canoe Lake, Ontario, 1917


In the Northland




Oil on canvas


101.7 x 114.5 cm


Purchase, gift of Dr. Francis J. Shepherd, Sir Vincent Meredith, Drs. Lauterman and W. Gardner and Mrs. Hobart Molson, inv. 1922.179


Quebec and Canadian Art

Based on a small oil sketch made in Algonquin Park in the fall of 1915, two years before the artist drowned in Canoe Lake, this masterful large-format painting was acquired in 1922 by the Art Association of Montreal (now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). The Association was the third institution in the country to acquire a canvas by Tom Thomson. In his writeup of the Spring Exhibition in March 1922, the Montreal Herald critic stated, “To many, the most interesting picture in the exhibition is a large canvas representative of the work of the late Tom Thomson.”

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