What was popular?

From our perspective, it might be difficult to see why Thomson’s art might have shocked viewers in the second decade of the twentieth-century. At that time, however, what art audiences were used to seeing was substantially different than what many artists create now. Painters were expected to emulate nineteenth-century European artistic standards – creating heroic, mythical scenes, and quaint, pastoral vistas.

Some of the exhibition reviews and other documents reproduced here will help you to understand what Toronto art audiences thought about the works of Thomson and his artistic peers. They may also help you to understand what sort of art Thomson and his peers were responding to.

Chapters in Books

Journal Articles

Newspaper or Magazine Articles