Tom Thomson (1877–1917) was a Canadian artist active in the early 20th
century. During his short career he produced roughly 400 oil sketches on
small wood panels and around 50 larger pieces on canvas. His works
consist almost entirely of landscapes depicting trees, skies, lakes, and
rivers. He used broad brush strokes and a liberal application of paint
to capture the beauty and colour of the Ontario landscape. His
paintings The Jack Pine (pictured) and The West Wind have taken a
prominent place in the culture of Canada and are some of the country's
most iconic works. Although he died before the formal establishment of
the Group of Seven, Thomson's art is typically exhibited with theirs.
Nearly all of his work remains in Canada—mainly at the Art Gallery of
Ontario in Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the
McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg and the Tom Thomson Art
Gallery in Owen Sound. His accidental death at 39 by drowning is seen as
a tragedy for Canadian art.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Thomson>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Around 150 Jews inside York Castle in York, England, died, with
the majority committing mass suicide to avoid being killed by a mob.
American Revolutionary War: Spain captured the island of
Roatán off the coast of what is now Honduras.
Conscription was re-introduced in Nazi Germany, and the German
military was renamed the Wehrmacht.
William Buckley, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency station
chief in Beirut, Lebanon, was kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists.
Annexation of Crimea: The Autonomous Republic of Crimea held a
controversial referendum where voters overwhelmingly chose to join
Russia as a federal subject.
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4. (transitive) To express (something) by growling.
5. (transitive, jazz) To play a wind instrument in a way that produces a
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Odious ideas are not entitled to hide from criticism behind the
human shield of their believers' feelings.
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