Tom Thomson is one of Canada's most well-kwn artists, and is beginning to receive long overdue attention around the world. In fall 2011, London's Dulwich Picture Gallery is mounting the first exhibition in England to focus exclusively on the art of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. This book tells the unkwn story of how Lawren Harris and J.E.H. Macdonald established Thomson as one of Canada's great artists. It also gives readers an intimate sense of the artist, through the eyes of his friends and collectors. An impeccably curated record of Thomson's work, this is a beautiful, affordable gift book, featuring over 63 colour reproductions.
Joan Murray, an independent curator and art historian, is considered one of the most accessible of Canadian art writers and has studied and exhibited Tom Thomson for four decades. She is the author of many books, catalogues and articles. In addition, since the late 1960s she has been a curator at many institutions, including the AGO, and director of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (1974-99) and the McMichael Art Gallery (2005-6). Murray was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1992 and has been honoured with the Senior Award from the Association of Cultural Executives, the Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Order of Ontario.