A QUIET SUMMER EVENING, C.1913
6.9 ins x 9.9 ins; 17.5 cms x 25.1 cms
September 17, 2020
Tom Thomson’s early paintings around 1912 and 1913 are often marked by a dark tonality and sensitive handling. He had not yet heard the clarion call of Impressionism. A Quiet Summer Evening reveals the direction of his course.
Thomson was invigorated and inspired by the northern landscape, a subject he discovered, it seems, by chance. In 1912, after a visit he made to Algonquin Park, he and a colleague, William Broadhead, went on a two- or three-month expedition up the Spanish River and into Mississagi Forest Reserve (today Mississagi Provincial Park). It was on this trip, as A.Y. Jackson wrote later, that Thomson started to paint.
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