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Support: on canvas »
Year(s): 1915 »   //  1916 »
The Pool
Alternate titles: Pool, Autumn; The Pool, Autumn
Winter 1915–16
Oil on canvas
30 1/16 x 32 3/16 in. (76.4 x 81.7 cm)
Inscription verso: (formerly) labels, Empire Ex, 1924; Willistead, etc.
Exhibition History
Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Inaugural Exhibition, January 29–February 28, 1926, no. 255, as The Pool, Autumn.
Musée & du Jeu de Paume, Paris, Exposition d'art canadien, April 10–May 10, 1927, no. 231.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Imperial Economic Conference, July 18, 1932–January 23, 1933, no. 9.
Mellors Galleries, 759 Yonge Street, Toronto, Loan Exhibition of Works by Tom Thomson, Mellors Galleries, March 13–31, 1937, no. 70, lent by James M. MacCallum.
Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Horatio Walker - Tom Thomson, January 1941.
Willistead Art Gallery, Windsor, Tom Thomson 1877 - 1917, October 6–November 2, 1957, no. 8.
National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Cultural Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, Tom Thomson, January–March 1958.
London Public Library and Art Museum, London, Ontario, The Face of Early Canada: Milestones of Canadian Paintings, February 1961.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada, 150 Years of Canadian Painting, October 8–28, 1961, no. 12. Traveled to: City Hall Gallery, Bermuda Society of Arts, Hamilton, Bermuda, November 25–December 1961; Fort William Public Library, Fort William, Ontario, February 24–March 4, 1962.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The MacCallum Bequest of Paintings by Tom Thomson and Other Canadian Painters & the Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Jackman Gift of Murals from the Late Dr. MacCallum's Cottage Painted by Some of the Members of the Group of Seven, January 25–February 23, 1969, no. 87.
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, Paintings by Tom Thomson: The Second Anniversary Exhibition, May 23–June 15, 1969, no. 3.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Group of Seven, June 19–September 8, 1970, no. 61, (repr.) Traveled to: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, September 22–October 31, 1970.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The Art of Tom Thomson, October 30–December 12, 1971, no.86 (repr.) Traveled to: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, January 15–February 3, 1972; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, February 25–March 31, 1972; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, April 14–May 28, 1972; Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2–September 5, 1972.
National Gallery of Canada, National Gallery of Chinese Art, Peking, China, The Canadian Landscape in Painting: An ¬Exhibition of Canadian Landscape Paintings of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, April 16–29, 1975, no. 33. Traveled to: Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai, May 13–27, 1975.
Department of New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Seven Plus: A Selection of Work by the Group of Seven Arranged by Department of New Brunswick Museum, June 5–July 30, 1976, no. 17. Traveled to: The Art Gallery, Memorial University Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada, August 15–September 12, 1976; Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, September 20–October 17, 1976; The Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, December 3, 1976–January 2, 1977.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Group of Seven / Selections, October 7–29, 1978, no. 5.
National Gallery of Canada, Yan- Huang Museum of Art, Beijing, Terre sauvage: The Canadian Landscape and the Group of Seven, April 19–May 20, 2001, no. 69. Traveled to: Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, June 2–24, 2001; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guang-zhou, China, July 10–August 10, 2001; Guanshanyue Art Gallery, Shenzhen, China, August 20–September 23, 2001.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Alexander Hall, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, Tom Thomson, September 10–November 14, 2004, no. 40.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, October 2, 2010–January 30, 2011.
Published References
Park, Julien ed. The Culture of Contemporary Canada. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1957, p. 126.
Hubbard, R.H. National Gallery of Canada, Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. Vol. III, Canadian School. Ottawa, Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1960, p. 310 (repr.)
Hubbard, R.H. The Gallery of Canadian Art, 2 Tom Thomson. Toronto: Society For Art Publications and McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1962, fig. 13 (repr.)
Reid, Dennis. The MacCallum Bequest of Paintings by Tom Thomson and Other Canadian Painters & the Mr. and Mrs. HR. Jackman Gift of the Murals from the Late Dr. MacCallum's Cottage Painted by Some Members of the Group of Seven. Ottawa: The National Gallery of Canada, 1969. Exhibition catalogue, p. 47.
Reid, Dennis. The Group of Seven. Ottawa: The National Gallery of Canada, 1970. Exhibition catalogue, p. 61 (repr.)
Murray, Joan. The Art of Tom Thomson. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1971. Exhibition catalogue, pp. 42, 83 (repr.)
Godsell, Patricia. Enjoying Canadian Painting. Don Mills: General Publishing Co. Ltd., 1976, pp. 125, 126 (repr. col.)
Laing, G. Blair. Memoirs of an Art Dealer. Vol. 1. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979, p. 70.
Boulet, Roger. The Canadian Earth: Landscape Paintings by the Group of Seven. Toronto: Prentice-Hall, 1982, pp. 196–197 (repr. col.)
Murray, Joan. Tom Thomson: Trees. Toronto: McArthur & Company, 1999, pp. 70–71 (repr. col.)

The Empire Exhibition label would indicate that the work had been lent by the National Gallery of Canada to Wembley 1924, but it does not appear in the installation photo of the show (Archives and Library, National Gallery of Canada) or in the list of works in the show.

Record last updated March 2, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Murray, Joan. ""The Pool, Winter 1915–16 (1915-1916.25)." In Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed on June 1, 2023).