Sunset Sky is one of four Tom Thomson re-creations available and demonstrates his vivid palette and thick brushstrokes, which massively influenced Canada's Group of Seven.
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When Tom Thomson painted on pulp board supports he would usually prepare them with a warm, ochre-colored oil paint, which can usually be seen at the surface between individual strokes of paint, providing a unifying half-tone, or a background color to counterpoint with lively tints.
This technique was especially useful for Sunset Sky, providing general tone for the richly glowering sunset, when there would have been a special need to work rapidly to capture such an effect without muddying the colors. Thomson achieved this by mixing tints on his palette before laying them on in individual glides.
The sketch shows him experimenting with an array of tints, from burnt orange to pale blue-green, which many painters would shy away from. The overall horizontal alignment of the strokes is fitting for calm landscapes and cloud studies and the array of tints produced in Sunset Sky would eventually form the building blocks of Thomson’s celebrated masterpiece, The Jack Pine.
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 involves 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.
Canada’s landscape was the focus of his career, capturing transient moments of light and atmosphere, rapidly sketching in oil as he explored his way around Algonquin Park and other areas of natural beauty. In some cases, he would develop these sketches into full-blown celebrations of nature.
Add your own finishing touch to your Thomson re-creation with a choice of three hand-crafted Larson-Juhl frames:
Finish: Gold - Width: 3" - Height: 1 3.8"
Finish: Dark Wood - Width: 2.5" - Height: 1.375"
Finish: Gold - Width: 1.375" - Height: 2"
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