It developed against the complex cultural background that produced the poets Bliss Carmen and Duncan Campbell Scott and, later, the painters of the Group of Seven. Despite his short creative life, and only half a decade of mature artistic activity, Thomson, a superb designer, produced an extensive body of work - more than thirty canvases and three hundred oil sketches - in a remarkably personal style, characterized by unusual colour combinations and strong patterns.
Through it he conveyed the existential dimension of nature, making Algonquin Park - its trees, waters, and winds - the principal subject of his work. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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Despite his short creative life, and only half a decade of mature artistic activity, Thomson, a superb designer, produced an extensive body of work -- more than thirty canvases and three hundred oil sketches -- in a remarkably personal style, characterised by unusual colour combinations and strong patterns.
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Blodwen Davies was the first biographer of Thomson, and a Theosophist. Emphasizing the "spirit" of the painting, she wrote in , "the spirit of the canvas leaps out to meet the spectator in a way no reproduction can fully convey.
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There is no fumbling, no hesitancy here Heavily laden with paint it swept over the canvas in broad, exultant strokes in which the very spirit of Tom Thomson still speaks aloud. A single tree stands spreading the tracery of its limbs and branches like the pulsating veins of Mother Nature Thomson was an important influence on the Group of Seven , with members such as Lawren Harris advocating his work.
In a review of the Art Gallery of Toronto's Inaugural Exhibition of , Harris dismissed much of the American art shown there, writing that most of it "represented the average of the academies Arthur Lismer , also part of the Group of Seven, commented on Thomson's painting. Writing in , he stated that The Jack Pine was a work of "significant form It is like a symphony of music. All the instruments are playing a part, and none is out of harmony with the whole The upright lines of the tree trunk give it serenity; the horizontal lines of the shore supplement this and give it strength; the rounded masses of the hills repeat the circular rhythm of the foliage masses, giving movement and powerful rhythm to the whole composition.
Peter Mellen, author of The Group of Seven , wrote of the work's "perfect serenity. Even the soft mauves, pinks, and greens contribute to this effect. Countering the strong horizontals are the drooping red tendrils of the bare pine branches, the vertical lines of the trees, and the curves of the hills The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa has held the work since shortly after its creation.
In late , Dr. Representatives of the National Gallery visited the club on two occasions in the spring of The museum wished to add to its existing collection of three works by Thomson. Director Eric Brown was appalled on his first visit at the poor lighting provided the paintings. For the second visit, May 2, the display had been improved, and the director and his associate chose The Jack Pine along with Thomson's Autumn Garland and 25 sketches for the National Gallery.
Brown wrote to a colleague that The Jack Pine was "in our opinion, and that of Thomson's fellow painters, the best picture of any kind he ever painted. Louis, Missouri, as part of an exhibition of contemporary Canadian art.
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It circulated until , and only in February was the painting first displayed in Canada, as part of a Thomson memorial exhibition. The Jack Pine , with other works by Thomson, has become an iconic representation of the Canadian landscape. Thomson's life and mysterious death is a popular subject of Canadian biography and poetry. Calmly it amplifies the beryline silence brooding on the waters where Tom's spirit rests forever alongside the sky stretched out in the shadow of the jackpine that holds heaven and earth together in an embrace encompassing the hills the lake, the seasons, and the void that fills the dark spaces between them and infinity.
The painting has been widely reproduced, seen across Canada in schools and public institutions.
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In , a stamp featuring The Jack Pine was released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the painting's creation and Thomson's death. The pine depicted in the painting was located by park staff in The tree was already dead by the time of its discovery; it later fell over and was used for firewood by campers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the North American tree, see Jack Pine. Design For a Canadian Hero.