Celebrated Works by Tom Thomson Travel Internationally
Toronto - July 22, 2004
Des œuvres renommées de Tom Thomson présentées à l’étranger
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) are collaborating to send 59 works by renowned Canadian artist Tom Thomson to the State Hermitage Museum, Russia. The unprecedented exhibition Tom Thomson will be on display from September 10 to November 8, 2004 and presents key paintings and oil sketches by the artist who helped define the Canadian landscape. This is the first exhibition devoted to a Canadian artist at the Hermitage.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for the AGO and the NGC to showcase Canadian art on the international stage,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, director and CEO of the AGO. “Russian audiences will experience the beauty and grandeur of this country’s northland as passionately depicted by Thomson,” added Pierre Théberge, director of the National Gallery of Canada.
Two key works to travel to Russia include Thomson’s The West Wind and The Jack Pine, both widely recognized as icons of Canadian art. Exhibited together for the first time in over 35 years, both works were part of a much larger retrospective of the artist’s works co-organized by the AGO and the NGC that toured nationally last year.
Thomson (1877–1917) emerged onto the Canadian scene in the second decade of the twentieth century. His work reveals a passionate and monumental connection to the northern wilderness, expressed with a keen perception. Despite his brief six-year artistic career, Thomson left a heritage that is significant to the development of Canadian art.
Tom Thomson at the State Hermitage Museum is sponsored by Barrick Gold Corporation, a Canadian-based gold producer with international operations and development projects. “Barrick Gold’s generous support of this exhibition illustrates how a partnership between the arts and business can strengthen Canada’s position on the world stage,” said Teitelbaum. The exhibition has also received support from the Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program.
The Tom Thomson exhibition is the Canadian component of an exhibition partnership established between the AGO and the Hermitage in 1998. This spectacular relationship has allowed Canadian audiences to see an array of cornerstone works drawn from the Hermitage, including paintings, drawings and decorative arts in Treasures from the Hermitage Museum, Russia: Rubens and His Age (2001) and post-Impressionist masterpieces in Voyage into Myth: French Painting from Gauguin to Matisse from the Hermitage Museum, Russia (2002). In the fall of 2005, Catherine the Great: From The State Hermitage Museum, Russia will debut at the AGO and present exquisite treasures collected by the Empress of Russia.
Tom Thomson is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and The Hermitage Foundation of Canada.
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