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New Tom Thompson exhibition in Ottawa, Canada
30 Jun 2014

The West Wind and The Jack Pine by Tom Thompson have been put on show in a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada for the Masterpiece in Focus series.

Visitors to the Ottawa gallery will be able to see the 'Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind' show at the attraction until early January next year.

As well as the paintings themselves, the show also includes sketches which they were conceived from, and other sketches by the artist.  

The two paintings, both large, were painted near the end of the Thomson's life (he died in 1917). They recently underwent restoration: The Jack Pine during 2011 and The West Wind some time later.

The National Gallery of Canada is open every day between 10am and 5pm (8pm on Thursdays) during the current summer season, which ends October 1st.

According to the National Gallery, Thompson would create miniature landscape sketches in oil paint outside. During the cold winter months, he turned such works into large-scale paintings in the studio.

He only became a full-time artist during 1913, not long before his death at the age of 39. By the latter part of 1915, he was taking an approach to landscape work that was more based on imagination than it had been previously.

The National Gallery of Canada is based on Sussex Drive, and was first created in the late 19th century.

Full price entry is normally $12 Canadian, but free on Thursday evenings and certain specific dates including July 1st, which is Canada Day.

Other things to do in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, include visiting the famous Peace Tower or the National Arts Centre. The city is also home to attractions like the Canada Science and Technology Museum.ADNFCR-408-ID-801732257-ADNFCR

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