1868 - 1965
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George Thomson was born near Claremont, Ontario in 1868. The elder brother of the more famous Tom Thomson, he grew up in Leith, near Owen Sound and studied at the Canada Business College in Chatham Ontario. He co-founded a business school there for a time with his cousin, then began a Law degree at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1901.
Thomson took up painting in 1906. He studied art under F.V. du Mond, W.L. Lathrop and H.R. Poore at the New York Art Students League and then at Old Lyme, Connecticut. He settled in New Haven, where he stayed until 1926.
A gifted painter, Thomson became a renowned artist of his time. He exhibited at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and won a prize in 1915. He exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, the Art Institute of Chicago and also sold paintings through the Royal Canadian Academy from 1918-1950. Upon his return to Canada in 1926, Thomson settled in Owen Sound, where he stayed and gained fame as a painter of Northern Ontario landscapes.
Thomson was featured in Who’s Who 1933 as well as Art in Connecticut; the Impressionist Years. He was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club. Canadian memberships include the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy.
His work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Morgan Gallery of Hartford, Connecticut as well as in many public and private collections internationally.