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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Jan. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554887720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554887729
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.2 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom Thomson (1877-1917) occupies a prominent position in Canada's national culture and has become a celebrated icon for his magnificent landscapes as well as for his brief life and mysterious death. The shy, enigmatic artist and woodsman's innovative painting style produced such seminal Canadian images as The Jack Pine and The West Wind, while his untimely drowning nearly a century ago is still a popular subject of fierce debate.

Originally a commercial artist, Thomson fell in love with the forests and lakes of Ontario's Algonquin Park and devoted himself to rendering the north country's changing seasons in a series of colourful sketches and canvases. Dividing his time between his beloved wilderness and a shack behind the Studio Building near downtown Toronto, Thomson was a major inspiration to his painter friends who, not long after his death, went on to change the course of Canadian art as the influential - and equally controversial - Group of Seven.

About the Author

Wayne Larsen is a Montreal artist, editor, and writer whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications. Currently, he teaches graduate-level journalism at Concordia University and is the author of A.Y. Jackson: The Life of a Landscape Painter and James Wilson Morrice: Painter of Light and Shadow. He lives in Verdun, Quebec.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CMD on March 26 2011
Format: Paperback
This biography of one of Canada's most renowned artists is enjoyable, engaging, and informative. The life of Thomson is well presented and includes his family background and youth, his associations with other artists (some of whom later became" 'The Group of Seven"'), and his canoeing and fishing adventures, which were the backdrop for his now famous landscape canvases in Algonquin Park. As well, aspects of Thomson''s mysterious and tragic death are described. Larsen fluidly conveys the evolution of Thomson's career, and portrays the passion of Thomson as an artist within his element, the Northern wilderness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esmé on March 22 2011
Format: Paperback
Ignore the first review. Larsen's book is an excellent read filled with more insight into the actual ART and PAINTINGS than many of the previous books on Thomson that I have read. It's an excellent entry in this series on great Canadians.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil J. Lehto on Feb. 9 2011
Format: Paperback
Wayne Larsen delivers a superficial telling of Canada's greatest landscape painter, who drowned in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, in 1917. Offered as a full biography, Larsen commits the sin of fictionalizing the most important scenes in Thomson's life -- his romance with Alice Lambert in Seattle, his engagement to Anne E. Trainor, his drowning and his funeral in Owen Sound. the book makes no effort to understand Thomson's most famous paintings or his tremendous output in the months before his death.
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