WAM April 7 Virignia Eichhorn
Thomson’s paintings influenced the Group of Seven and the exploration of Canadian identity through the ruggedness of the landscape in a distinctive painting style. His untimely death in 1917 generated many stories, sometimes factual other times not, that culminated in a legendary mystery. Although we do have access to his works, some letters and factual information, to this day, Tom Thomson remains mostly elusive to most historians. The Rooms is also hosting an event to go with the exhibit: An Evening of Tom Thomson, a Lecture accompanied by a film on Wednesday, April 13, at 7pm.
Virginia Eichhorn, Director Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, will deliver the talk on Thomson and I spoke with her this week from Owen Sound. I asked her to tell me about Tom Thomson, the man.