One of four Tom Thomson re-creations available, Yellow Sunset is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced the incredible sunsets over Algonquin Provincial Park where the original would have been sketched. Read the story behind the painting >
Tom Thomson’s bold use of color sprang from the need to create an impression of effect, rather than an objective record of appearance. The compositional simplicity of this sketch allowed Thomson to focus on the chromatic and tonal representation of a fleeting, optical effect. The scene was massed in quickly and strategically, with the overall forms of the sky and landscape put in almost as a backdrop for the finishing.
The final stage involved the escalation of luminosity and intensification of color and tone within the overall forms: one of the last touches is the fat slab of yellow directly above the hill, made just after the hill itself was reworked as more intensely purple. The use of rich slides of intensely chromatic opaque stiff paint meant that Thomson could work with control to adjust hue and without muddying his work. Final tiny strokes notch in the conifers along the hill line in the center, giving a sense of scale.
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 premium 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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