Tom Thomson drowns

June 29, 2017

Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson. Library and Archives Canada, PA-121719


In July 1917, Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson drowned in Canoe Lake, Ontario. Thomson’s vibrant and distinctive works reflect his fascination with the rugged Canadian wilderness, particularly Northern Ontario and Algonquin Park. His early death under mysterious circumstances contributed to his status as a national icon. Thomson’s sketches and paintings provide some of the earliest examples of modernism in Canadian painting, and directly influenced the works of the internationally renowned Group of Seven during the following decade.

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