Historical Vignette

Tom Thomson (1877-1917), ln the Northland, 1915, oil on canvas, 101.7 x 114.5 cm

Tom Thomson (1877-1917), ln the Northland, 1915, oil on canvas, 101.7 x 114.5 cm
Collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Tom Thomson (1877-1917) fast became an emblematic figure of Canadian art, chiefly owing to the expressive and aesthetic qualities of his works and to his pivotal influence in establishing the Group of Seven. Seeking to create a distinctive style of Canadian painting, this group of artists produced paintings marked by bold colours and simple forms. Their contemplative visions of the northern landscape are considered to be the expression of a Canadian identity.