(1877 - 1917)
Previously Sold Works
Daydreaming (Portrait of Thoreau MacDonald)
oil on panel
a pencil sketch of a boy on the reverse, inscribed on the reverse “Drawing and oil by Tom Thomson, looks about 1913-14, Thoreau MacDonald”; circa 1914
7.5 x 11.5 ins ( 19.1 x 29.2 cms )
Sold for $172,500.00
Sale date: November 29th 2013
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T. Thomson Biography
(1877 - 1917)
Tom Thomson was born near Claremont, Ontario and grew up in Leith, near Owen Sound. After moving to Toronto, his early career was spent as a commercial artist at Grip Ltd., the commercial design firm where he first met MacDonald, Harris, Jackson, Lismer and others. By 1911, Thomson was making regular sketching trips to areas north of Toronto and, in 1912, he made the first of many trips to Algonquin Park.
As well as being an artist, Tom Thomson was an avid outdoorsman and Algonquin Park soon became his favourite place to paint. His enthusiasm for its quiet, untouched landscape with its changing moods and bright fall colours inspired other artists to explore the region. After 1914, Tom Thomson spent most of his time painting in Algonquin, except during the coldest winter months. It was during this period that he produced the bulk of his paintings of this rugged northern landscape. Thomson's brief, but prolific, career as an artist came to a premature end when he drowned in Canoe Lake in 1917, just three years before the Group of Seven held their first exhibition. His artistic achievement was to remain an inspirational force to other Group members.