About Tom Thomson
Born in Ontario in 1877, Tom Thomson was arguably the most popular and most influential Canadian artist of the early twentieth century, and widely acknowledged as an inspiration for what became the Group of Seven.
Thomson's sketches appear frank and spontaneous, but they are deliberate, considered objects. Simply choosing a painting spot, where to sit, and setting the height of a horizon involved composition and design decisions. The choice of support, its smoothness and preparation, and even air temperature all have a bearing on how easily the paint adhered, and which size and type of brush would produce which effect – these factors all influence the appearance of the sketch.