Tom Thomson

07 Jun 2002 - ?

Those who believe everything has been said about the iconic Canadian artist Tom Thomson will be surprised when they visit the first major retrospective of his work in over thirty years, at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in summer 2002. Over one hundred and forty oil sketches, paintings and designs by Thomson and additional paintings by his contemporaries will reveal to new audiences the diversity of Thomson's oeuvre and his outstanding abilities as a colourist. This is a fresh and imaginative look at the work, life and times of Tom Thomson that, for the first time since his death in 1917, establishes a sound chronology of his artistic development and considers his life and work in the context of the period in which he lived. The exhibition Tom Thomson will be on view from 7 June to 8 September 2002 at the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition is divided into five sections: a chronological section looking at Thomson's paintings through the sketching seasons from late to early winter and the canvases painted in his Toronto studio; the changing character of his subject matter in Algonquin Park, from logging to tourist development; his links to the Arts and Crafts movement and to the work of his contemporaries; his painting techniques and use of pigments; and the posthumous formation of a mythology around his life and death.