GEORGE THOMSON OSA

(1868 - 1965)
Listed Canadian Artist- Older Brother of Tom Thomson
Oil on Canvas - Signed by the Artist
H: 20" x W: 24"
Titled Verso "The Sun's Pathway" - 1928

Sold together with a letter from George Thomson to the original purchaser, a Mr. Morrison of Montreal, describing this intriguing early October sunrise scene over Georgian Bay.

SOLD

 

George Thomson

 

George Thomson

 

George Thomson Letter 1928


COPY OF LETTER FROM GEORGE THOMSON TO MR. MORRISON

 

591 – 8th St. E.
Owen Sound, Ont.

 

Dec. 20/28

 

Dear Mr. Morrison:

 

I want to thank you very kindly for your check of $125.00 received being in full for my painting “The sun’s pathway”. I am glad to answer your query in your letter just received.

The season represented in the picture is autumn - about the first week in October. My view was looking almost directly east and the hour eight to nine A.M., consequently I was looking directly at the sun which accounts for the lighted up surface of the water the so called “sun’s pathway” occurring only when the sun is directly over the portion of water viewed.

I trust this may be the information you seek.

The two canvases returned have arrived in good condition.

Thanking you for your kind patronage. I remain,

 

Yours sincerely,
Geo. Thomson

 


THOMSON, George OSA (1868-1965)

George was born near Claremont, Ontario and grew up in Leith (near Owen Sound). He studied art at the New York Art Students’ League. After which he went to work in Connecticut and painted there until 1926, at which time he moved back to the Owen Sound area and began to gain fame as a painter of Northern Ontario landscapes.

George, the older brother of Tom Thomson, was a very sincere artist and he called his work “conservatively modern”. He believed in the doctrine that every painter should develop his own art style according to the dictates of his temperament.

George was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and in many other major cities in Canada and the United States. His work is in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Morgan Gallery of Hartford, Connecticut as well as in many public and private collections world wide.

Until his death in 1965, at the age 97, George was still actively painting and was known at that time as “Canada’s oldest living artist.”

 

 

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