Born in Claremont, Ontario in 1877. Died in Ontario in 1917. Tom Thomson, who was mainly self-taught, worked in 1905 for the photoengraving firm Legg Brothers in Toronto. (He may at the time have taken evening courses at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design). Two years later, he worked as a commercial artist for the Grip Ltd. advertising agency in Toronto where he met J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer (1911) and Frederick Varley (1912). In 1912, Thomson met his patron, Dr James McCallum. As a keen woodsman, he then worked as a fishing guide and forest ranger in Algonquin Park. From this time on, he worked at his painting constantly. He executed many studies in Algonquin Park, which he would then paint full size in his studio. In 1917, Thomson died tragically in a mysterious canoe accident. His career as an artist lasted only five years, but his art played a key role in the development of Canadian painting.

In the Northland - 1915, oil on canvas. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Birch Grove, Autumn - 1915-1916, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton
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