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Canadian Art: The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

144 pages, paperback, 280 x 240 mm, 120 colour illustrations
PRICE: £25.00
ISBN: 978 1 903470 83 1

 

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Essays by Jeremy Adamson, Katerina Atanassova, Steven Brown, Lucie Dorais, Charles Hill, Joan Murray, Roald Nasgaard, Dennis Reid, David Silcox, Shirely Thomson

 

Together with important First Nations material, the Thomson Canadian Collection is the largest of all private holdings of Canadian art.

There are rare and incomparable examples of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art. Krieghoff’s inspired accounts of life in the Canadas, prior to Confederation, bring the light and atmosphere of history fully into the present. A staggering power to capture the fleeting and the fugitive in paint still distinguishes the work of the early 20th-century painter Morrice. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven loaded their brushes with the raw pigment of the Canadian wilderness to set the enduring standard of Canadian landscape art. Milne, and then Borduas, remain international leaders of experimental painterly practice. Kurelek, by contrast, painted the story of his life with unparallelled intensity and individuality. Altogether these artists tell the rich story of the country Ken Thomson called home.


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