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Chill November

Tom Thomson
Chill November, c.1916
Oil on canvas
91.4 x 106.7 cm

Gift of the Sarnia Women’s Conservation Art Association, 1956

Tom Thomson was boring in Claremont, ON just outside of Toronto in 1877. He became a commercial artist in 1905 after attending evening classes at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design in Toronto. Thomson met members of the future Group of Seven in Toronto at the meeting of the Arts and Letters Club. He first began sketching scenes of Algonquin Park in 1911, where he worked as a wilderness guide and would often take trips with future members of the Group AY Jackson and JEH MacDonald.

Thomson’s Chill November was the first major painting purchased by the Sarnia Women’s Conservation Association in 1920, three years after the artist’s mysterious death in Algonquin Park. At the time, the value of Thomson’s work was quickly escalating. He was considered an important Canadian artist with enormous natural talent, who had actively painted only four or five years.

A cornerstone of the gallery’s permanent collection, the landscape work is a wonderful example of the unique approach Thomson had in the world of Canadian landscape painting and the influence his short lives career had on Canadian art.

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