MURRAY, Joan THOMSON, Tom
Title: Tom Thomson : Design for a Canadian Hero. in dj.
Publisher:  Dundurn, Toronto, 1998, ISBN:1550023152
Seller ID: 39203
MURRAY, Joan. Tom Thomson : Design for a Canadian Hero. Toronto : Dundurn Press, (1998). First Printing. Pp. (6),7-109,(3), + 16 p. of colour plates. Illustrated. Square 8vo, navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "This is an intimate biography of an artist who became a legend after his death, butwho in his private life stands revealed as a troubled man who was, in many ways, his own victim. Joan Murray's new biography is part detective work, too: she investigates his beliefs, and the origins of his great masterpieces, and provides a convincing description of the possible circumstances of his death. The art of Tom Thomson represents one of the high points of Canadian modernism, which flourished in the first two decades of this century. During his brief career, lasting just five years, Thomson evolved a highly intense, naturalistic style, introducing formal innovations and challenging the idiom of the tonal landscape of painters popular in his day. Thomson's idiosyncratic expressionist landscape art reflected the intellectual and psychological climate of pre-World War I Canada. It developed against the complex cultural background that produced the poets Bliss Carman and Duncan Campbell Scott and, later, the painters of the Group of Seven." - from the dustjacket. Very good in dustjacket. 20.00