Monday, May 17, 2010

Tom Thompson/ My World

Bronze statue of Tom Thompson, Huntsville, Ontario

The plaque beneath this statue reads:
To the memory of Tom Thompson
1877 - 1917
An artist, woodsman, guide and dreamer
whose brilliant vision defined the Canadian wilderness and
captured the majesty and many colourful moods of Algonquin Park.


Thompson has become more famous after his death than when alive and now his paintings fetch big prices whenever they are sold.

Added later after 12 comments:  Here's a Website where you can see some of Thompson's paintings: HERE




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36 comments:

Ann said...

His teacher probably didn't appreciate that he was a dreamer. But I suppose, one has to have big dreams to succeed.

see you there! said...

Interesting. I think I'll Google his name and see if I can locate any of his paintings.

Darla

Gill - That British Woman said...

That was interesting I didn't know that about him. I haven't been to Huntsville in ages.

Gill

Small City Scenes said...

What a neat statue. It is so detailed and almost alive. A great tribute. I used to daydream so much in school but I didn't turn out to be famous---of course I am still alive and hope to be for quite a while. haha!! MB

dot said...

Whoever did the statues was pretty darn good too!

Kathy said...

This is a wonderful tribute. And he died so young? Do you know of what causes?

Vita Stunder said...

Beautiful statue and lovley tribute EG.

I think I'll Google his name too.
Have a nice week!

Cezar and Léia said...

People there did a beautiful tribute to Thompson, this statue is so real and perfect!
** thanks for introducing him, I will search more about his work!It's very interesting!
Léia

Shelle said...

this is a great statue...years ago i had a friend who did brass sculptures and i can appreciate the work that is put into them. it always seems to be the same for artists, they become more famous once they're dead.

cieldequimper said...

I've just image googled him, some of his paintings are very attractive. The statue is wonderful.

Sylvia K said...

How interesting! I love the statue! Terrific capture! Now, like the others, I'm going to see if I can find some of his paintings! Great post for the day! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Rebecca said...

That is a great sculpture. I am ignorant of much of the art world and had never heard of him. Thanks for enlightening me.

xbluenoser said...

Tom Thomson drowned in a lake in Algonquin Park. His canoe was found abandoned and his body discovered later so there were no witneses to what actually happened.

Jacob said...

Being an ignorant Yankee, I knew not of Tom Thompson (though the name had a vaguely familiar ring)...he was very talented and obviously a real asset to Canada. It's too bad his genius was not recognized properly when he was alive.

A rugged statue which was no doubt intended.

Nice post, EG!

jeannette said...

Being painter myself and being from Europe, I could see after I saw his paintings (thanks for the link!), why he became more famous after death - his impressionism is quite advanced for his time and place
where he lived (since Europe is often more ahead of us in approaches to art, I think it took longer to appreciate his art).

Paulie said...

What a neat statue -- a perfect tribute to this artist! I was sure he was sitting on a BENCH! Well, he made his own "bench," didn't he?

Snap said...

I love this bronze .. especially with his paints ... lovely!

Dishesdone said...

Interesting post! Enjoyed learning about Tom Thompson. Very cool statue!

Mojo said...

It's a shame, but it seems nobody truly appreciates any artist until s/he's dead. Also a shame that we didn't have long to wait in this case.

(PS: Did anybody else look at the thumbnail for this and see a guy with a laptop in the park?)

ewok1993 said...

Thanks for sharing this post. Is he like the John Muir of Canada?

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a great sculpture! I just wish we had more statutes around Eagan ....sigh

Carver said...

Those are great sculptures. They capture the artist so well.

Martha Z said...

A beautiful statue, it's sad that his career came to such an early and abrupt end.

LD said...

Wow he created some really beautiful paintings of that area. It always seems so unfair when artists miss out on the finacial fruits of their labor (Van Gogh)but c'est la vie I guess!

Carolyn Ford said...

That is really a personal statue...so lifelike. You provided very interesting facts about this man.

George said...

I'm sorry to say that I had not heard of Tom Thompson before this, but your post (and link) were very interesting.

Shammickite said...

I've seen a number of Tompson's paintings at the McMichael and at the AGO. He was a ture nature lover and he loved the north country in particular.

J Bar said...

I like it.
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Indrani said...

Interesting and inspiring. Great post.

Riet said...

What a great statue. Great shots

ladyfi said...

What a cool-looking guy!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Interesting photo; interesting man. I will look him up too -- thank you for the link.

Rose said...

I had never heard of him...always learning something new through blogging. I want to remember to go back to the link you gave.

kaye said...

what a wonderful person to remember

JOE TODD said...

Thanks for the link to site. Enjoyed your post and info. Enjoyed posts on your other blog also. I have a photo of a Canadian camp very similar to your photo different lake. I wonder if they have a sauna/

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

i love the first one....ver4y good portraitcongrats
http://graceolsson.com/blog/2010/05/catch-the-rainbow/

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