His life changes in 1914. His artistic patron Dr. MacCallum, a friend of Lawren Harris, offers him a place in the collective workshop and ensures the purchase of his paintings. Thomson arrives in Algonquin Park in late April for a stay of several months during which he becomes a ranger of the park.
This subtle mixing of stability and adventure immediately improves his artistic vision. His views of forest details in Algonquin Park are highly emotional, with unprecedented colors that renounce realism to better express the feeling. The hard conditions of his artistic creation require him to work on canvas of small size 22 x 27 cm which will serve as models for larger compositions executed in the Toronto studio during the next winters.
On November 23 in Toronto, Heffel sells Sleet Storm, oil on canvas mounted on board 22 x 27 cm, made in 1914, which is tentatively one of the first achievements in his phase of great creativity. Spring is about to win over winter. Melted snow is still hanging on the branches but already dispersed by the wind.
Sleet Storm is estimated CAD $ 1M, lot 212, illustrated on page 6 of the flyer announcing the sale.
The ranger of Algonquin Park was a pioneer of Canadian modern art. His new style greatly inspired his Toronto friends who will create the Group of Seven in 1919. Thomson had died by drowning in Algonquin Park in July 1917 in circumstances that were never established.
SOLD for $ 1.53M CAD including premium