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medium: Oil »
support: on canvas »
year(s): 1916 »   //  1917 »
Woodland Waterfall
Winter 1916–17
Alternate titles: The Waterfall; Waterfall
Oil on canvas
48 x 52 3/16 in. (121.9 x 132.5 cm)
Inscription verso: label, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Exhibition History

1920 Thomson: Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by Tom Thomson, no. 27, as The Waterfall.
1937 Thomson: Mellors Galleries, Toronto, Ontario, Loan Exhibition of Works by Tom Thomson, Mellors Galleries, no. 1, lent by the artist's family, Owen Sound.
1939 CNE: Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario, Canadian Painting and Sculpture, Canadian Water Colours, Canadian Graphic Art, British and Canadian Applied Art, Canadian Photography, no. 219, as The Waterfall, lent by Mellors Fine Art Galleries.
1939 Thomson: Mellors Galleries, Toronto, Ontario, Exhibition of the Work of Tom Thomson and J.E.H. MacDonald, no. 38.
1971 Thomson: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, The Art of Tom Thomson, no. 0, no. X (repr. col.).
1990 Thomson: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Tom Thomson
2002 Thomson: National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Tom Thomson, no. 126 (repr. col.).
2010 Kleinburg: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario, Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven

Published References

MacCallum 1918: "Tom Thomson: Painter of the North," p. 379 (repr.).
Mortimer-Lamb 1919: "Canadian Artists and the War," p. 124 (repr.) as The Waterfall.
Saturday Night 1937: "A Tom Thomson 'Waterfall'," (repr.).
Bridle 1937b: "Tom Thomson Show Attracts Hundreds"
Evening Telegram 1939: "Two Painters Represented at Art Show"
Mellen 1970: The Group of Seven, pp. 58–59 (repr. col.).
Murray 1971: The Art of Tom Thomson, pp. 42, 56, 61 (repr. col.).
Purdie 1976: "Gallery Gets Major Thomson Work"
Toronto Star 1976: "Tom Thomson Painting Fetches Record $285,000"
Edinborough 1976a: "Want to (Help) Buy a Tom Thomson? Here's Your Chance"
Edinborough 1976b: "Garfield Weston Makes Gift of 'Waterfall' to Gallery"
McMichael 1983: p. 23 (repr. col.).
McMichael, R 1986: One Man's Obsession, pp. 199, 205, 327–38, 340–43.
Murray 1986a: The Best of Tom Thomson, pp. 74, 76–77 (repr. col.).
McMichael 1989: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, 1965-1990, p. 29(repr. col.).
Thom 1990: Tom Thomson
Murray 1994b: Northern Lights: Masterpieces of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, pp. 72–73 (repr. col.).
Davis 1998: Thomson, Thomas John (Tom), p. 998.
Reid and Hill 2002: Tom Thomson, pp. 139, 281 (repr. col.).
Murray 2006a: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, One Hundred Masterworks, pp. 184–85 (repr. col.).


In his list of 7 May 1937, Martin Baldwin wrote that the picture was “unfinished at top - did not “come off.” He dated it as 1915. Charles C. Hill, however, believes that Thomson finished the painting, 2002, 139.

Record last updated May 3, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.