Poetry and Perception: James Wilson Morrice and Tom Thomson

    April 2 - May 13
    The Varley Gallery - Unionville

    UNIONVILLE, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - To most Canadians, Tom Thomson's
paintings are the landscape of Ontario - the breathtaking images of Georgian
Bay and his beloved Algonquin Park. Thomson's contemporary, James Wilson
Morrice, was equally skilled at capturing the world in front of him - but
Morrice left Canada to find the landscapes he loved most, in Europe.
    Now the work of these two artists can be seen together in a rare exhibit
at the Varley Gallery. Poetry and Perception: James Wilson Morrice and Tom
Thomson brings together forty pieces by two of Canada's most important
painters of the early 20th century. The works are part of the National Gallery
of Canada's collection and are on loan to the Varley Gallery - the only place
they will be seen in Central Ontario. No matter how "experienced" the eye of
the beholder, these works offer an easy insight into the artists' favourite
    Although his career as an artist was cut short by his drowning death in
Algonquin in 1917, Tom Thomson evolved into a painter whose work transports
the viewer. His inspiration was the changing light and colour of nature: from
the late winter snow to the clear light of early spring, through the dramatic
skies of summer to the brilliant colours of autumn and the pale clouds of
oncoming winter.
    James Wilson Morrice found his landscapes in places like France, Spain,
Morocco and Tunisia. His works don't explore a world of bustle and labour, but
rather one of perpetual holiday. Or as one critic wrote in 1909, "One had the
impression always that he is painting on a Sunday afternoon."
    This touring exhibition offers an extraordinary look at landscape as
painted by two of our greatest artists.

    Poetry and Perception: James Wilson Morrice and Tom Thomson
    April 2 - May 13.

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview or for photos, contact
John Ryerson, Gallery Director, jryerson@markham.ca, or (905) 477-9511 ext
233, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Unionville, ON, L3R 2H1,

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