Early Snow, 1916
oil on canvas
45.5 x 45.5 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with the assistance of a grant from the Canadian Government, approved by the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, and with contributions by The Winnipeg Foundation, The Thomas Sill Foundation Inc., The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Inc., Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Wiswell Fund, DeFehr Foundation Inc., Loch and Mayberry Fine Art Inc, and several anonymous donors
Tom Thomson was a close and influential colleague of the Group of Seven. He often guided Group members through Ontario’s Algonquin Park and worked alongside them as a commercial designer in Toronto. Over five short years, between 1912 and his death by drowning in 1917, Thomson developed a robust painterly style and colour sensibility. The largest component of his artistic production comprised small open-air sketches executed in the park where he worked as a guide and fire ranger from spring until fall. He executed larger canvases in his Toronto studio over the winter. Thomson made only 33 large canvases in his lifetime, and Early Snow is a stunning and rare example of a late studio painting by the artist.