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Thomas John (Tom) Thomson

Thomas John (Tom) Thomson
Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 Live auction

Lot # 151

Thomas John (Tom) Thomson
OSA 1877 - 1917 Canadian

South Shore of Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park
oil on canvas on board circa 1914
on verso inscribed T. Thomson, South Shore of Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park
8 3/4 x 10 1/2 in  22.2 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
Roy Callaghan (Park Ranger), Algonquin Park
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, August 3, 1973
Private Collection, Toronto

Tom Thomson is inextricably linked to Algonquin Park where he worked as a fishing guide and more importantly as a painter. Thomson first visited Algonquin in 1912 and while sketching there, over the course of the next five years, produced some of the most expressive and brilliant images of the Canadian landscape. Canoe Lake, where Thomson drowned in 1917, provided him with a great variety of subject matter. This superb painting is a fine example of his use of a screen of trees, in this case in the middle ground, through which we look to see a distant landscape. The vivid quality of Thomson’s colour is clearly seen in the contrasts of greens and rusts in the foreground vegetation. The cropping of the treetops suggests that this image is but a microcosm of the vastness of nature and implies a grandeur of scale which transcends the limits of the panel.

This painting will be included in Joan Murray's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

Estimate: $180,000 ~ $220,000 CAD

Sold For: $460,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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