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Tom Thomson ; Autumn Foliage

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Transcript of Tom Thomson ; Autumn Foliage

Tom Thomson Tom Thomson, the brilliant, pioneering Canadian artist was born on August 5, 1877 near Claremont, Ontario. Growing up near large fields, and many nature based scenes, Now Thomson loves to paint scenes of nature. At one point of his childhood, Thomson was pulled out of school due to health problems. He recieved his education locally, and was easily excited about, sports, hunting, fishing, and swimming. Drawing, music, and design were valuable and honoured pursuits. Within this Scottish family structure, however, there were also pressures to succeed, to find an occupation, to marry, and to have a family. Thomson’s surviving artwork prior to 1911 consists of drawings in ink, watercolour and coloured chalk. In 1912, inspired by tales of Ontario’s “far north”, Thomson traveled to the Mississagi Forest Reserve near Sudbury, and to Algonquin Park, a site that was to inspire much of his future artwork. It was during this same year that Thomson began to work for the commercial art firm Rous and Mann. He was joined there by Varley, Carmichael and Lismer. Later the same year, at J.E.H. MacDonald’s studio, Thomson met art enthusiast Dr. James MacCallum, a prominent Toronto Ophthalmologist. Tom Thomson He was joined by Varley, Carmichael and Lismer. Later the same year, at J.E.H. MacDonald’s studio, Thomson met art enthusiast Dr. James MacCallum, a prominent Toronto Ophthalmologist. In the 1920's Tom Thomson, the brilliant, pioneering Canadian artist was born august 5th in 1877. Thomson was raised on the farm and received his education locally, though ill health kept him out of school for a period of time. He was said to have been enthusiastic about sports, swimming, hunting and fishing. He shared his family’s sense of humour and love of music. Thomson’s surviving artwork prior to 1911 consists of drawings in ink, watercolour and coloured chalk In 1912, inspired by tales of Ontario’s “far north”, Thomson traveled to the Mississagi Forest Reserve near Sudbury, and to Algonquin Park, a site that was to inspire much of his future artwork. It was during this same year that Thomson began to work for the commercial art firm Rous and Mann. From 1914 to 1917 Thomson spent the spring and fall sketching, and acted as a guide and fire Ranger during the summer in Algonquin Park. He became an expert canoeist and woodsman. He spent the winter in “Thomson’s Shack”, a construction shed outside the Studio Building in Toronto. It was here where he painted his now famous canvases, The Jack Pine, The West Wind, and Northern River, among others Some accomplishments of Tom Thomson are:
-The Tom Thomson Art Gallery
-" The Jack Pine" was one of his most famous paintings, but one of his last.
-He apprenticed as a machinist and worked for a lot of different companies.
-His last job was working as a ranger in Algonquin Park where he died. Canadian history: 1877:
-Manzo Nagano was the first official Japanese immigrant into Canada.
-Nez Perce War. Blackfoot tribes cedes land to the Dominion of Canada.
-Refugee Lakota enter Canada near the end of the Great Sioux War.
-Sir Wilfrid Laurier is appointed Canadian Minister of Inland Revenue. Elements of design-
Colour- Main colours, are red, orange, and yellow. Fall colours are shown mainly to show the theme, and what the painting is called (Autumn Foliage).
Repetition- There is no significant repetition, because all shapes are organic, and none are particular shapes (e.g. circles, squares)
Lines- The lines in this painting are not straight and are mostly curved, and wavy.
Shading- The shading in the painting shows the emphasis and the tree's and leaves.
Space- There are particular part in the painting that have more space than others. The space shows the background of the forest.
Balance- All the elements of design are in balance.
Unity- All part of the painting seem to work well together, to make the painting whole.
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