The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson, 1916-17. Tom Thomson was a key influence to the Group of Seven, a Canadian modernist group of landscape painters working in the 1920s and 1930s. He died mysteriously at the age of just 39 but if he hadn’t, it could be suggested that the group might have been called the Group of Eight.

The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson, 1916-17. Tom Thomson was a key influence to the Group of Seven, a Canadian modernist group of landscape painters working in the 1920s and 1930s. He died mysteriously at the age of just 39 but if he hadn’t, it could be suggested that the group might have been called the Group of Eight.