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DiedJuly 8, 1917, Canoe Lake, Nipissing District, Canada

Tom Thomson was born in Claremont, Ontario, on August 5, 1877. His parents were John Thomson, a farmer, and Margaret Thomson, a schoolteacher. He had four brothers and two sisters. He attended public school in Claremont and then high school in Owen Sound. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1898 to 1900. After leaving art school, he worked as a commercial artist in Toronto and then as a designer for the Grip Ltd. advertising agency. In 1912, he left Grip Ltd. to become a full-time painter.

Thomson is best known for his paintings of the Canadian landscape, particularly of the forests and lakes of northern Ontario. He was influenced by the work of the French Impressionists and by Japanese woodblock prints. He was also influenced by his friend and fellow artist, J.E.H. MacDonald.

Thomson first visited Algonquin Park in 1912. He made many trips to the park over the next few years, and it became his favourite painting location. He also painted in other parts of Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.

Thomson died mysteriously on July 8, 1917, while canoeing on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. His body was found eight days later. The cause of death was never determined.

Thomson’s work was not widely known during his lifetime. However, after his death, his friend and fellow artist A.Y. Jackson helped to promote his work, and Thomson’s reputation as a great Canadian artist grew. Today, Thomson’s paintings are among the most popular and valuable Canadian artworks.

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Full NameTom Thomson
DiedJuly 8, 1917, Canoe Lake, Nipissing District, Canada
ProfessionVisual Artist


ParentsMargaret Thomson, John Thomson
SiblingsRalph Thomson, Minnie Henry, George Thomson, Elizabeth Thomson, Henry Thomson, Margaret Tweedale, James Brodie Thomson, Fraser Thomson, Louise Henry

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