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McMichael Highlights In-Person Tours: Spotlight on Tom Thomson: North Star

September 8, 2023 - February 4, 2024

Spotlight on Tom Thomson: North Star 

About the Tour

Inspired by an astute reading of the artist’s oeuvre by Ian Dejardin, McMichael Executive Director, this tour invites viewers to explore the groundbreaking painting technique of Tom Thomson, the ultimate Canadian modernist landscape painter. Based on exhibition stills, the tour will present several of the artist’s large canvas and en plain air oil sketches that reveal the artistic brilliance of Thomson who, through bold experimentation, was able to achieve powerful artistic maturity during his tragically short career.

In-person tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and are free with gallery admission.

Tour Schedule

Fridays at 12:30 pm

Saturdays at 2 pm

Tom Thomson (1877–1917), Petawawa Gorges, 1916, oil on wood panel, 21.4 x 26.5 cm, Purchased with funds donated by Major F.A. Tilston, V.C., McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1981.9.2

Tom Thomson (1877–1917), Water Flowers, 1915, oil on wood panel, 21.3 x 26.7 cm, Purchase 1976, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1976.20

Tom Thomson (1877–1917), Ragged Pine, 1916, oil on paperboard, 21.5 x 26.7 cm, Purchase with funds donated by Mr. R.A. Laidlaw, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1970.1.2


September 8, 2023
February 4, 2024
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