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Canada 2002 The Jack Pine by Artist Tom Thomson Pewter Holiday Christmas Tree Ornament HX

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Celebrate the holiday season with this large, affordable Christmas tree ornament, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint in solid pewter!

Sold out at the Mint!Whether you're looking for something special to adorn your Christmas tree this year, or an unique and affordable holiday gift for someone special, this ornament will fill the bill! The Jack Pine is arguably one of Canada's most enduring and familiar works of art. A Japanese sensitivity and delicacy is found in the drooping branches of the solitary tree, silhouetted against the far hills where traces of snow hint at the coming of springtime. We can see the silence of the Great North Woods - and without ever having been there, we can make the artist's experience our own! This Christmas ornament, from the oil on canvas painting The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson, was translated to the numismatic medium and executed in exquisite detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. The scene is inspiring, one true work of art reproduced as another!

    • Struck in solid pewter by the Royal Canadian Mint!
    • Canada's most famous work of art, The Jack Pine, immortalized as as Christmas tree ornament!
    • Large and substantial! 55 mm (over two inches!) in diameter, and weighs over 42 grams!
    • Comes in an elegant, burgundy velvet pouch, perfect for gift giving!

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The Jack Pine, an oil on canvas painted executed in 1916 or 1917 by renowned Canadian artist Tom Thomson.Tom Thomson's Short Life...
Tom Thomson (1877-1917) grew up in Leith, Ontario, near to Owen Sound. A self-taught artist, Thomson began his career in commercial design, but a trip to Algonquin Park in 1912 sparked a passion for Canada's north that would shape the remainder of his short life.

Surrounded by a natural beauty that profoundly touched the artist within, Thomson made the great outdoors his cherished studio. He observed the natural world with unparalleled insight, capturing autumn's glorious palette, winter's stark solitude, the light of a summer sky and the austerity of the northern landscape in a way never before seen in Canadian art. With each brush stroke, Thomson created a fresh and proud artistic vision that greatly influenced his fellow artists who later formed the renowned Group of Seven.

Inspired by the landscape around Little Cauchon Lake in eastern Algonquin Park, this picture of a solitary jack pine, its drooping boughs silhouetted in the light of a northern Ontario sunset, assumes special emotional and symbolic significance through the artist's formal treatment. The stylization and decorative patterning of natural forms, along with the strong color and light contrasts, transform this image of a northern tree dominating its rocky landscape into an icon embodying the spirit of the land and the Canadian experience of nature.

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...And Mysterious Death
Tom Thomson disappeared during a canoing trip on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on July 8, 1917. His body was discovered in the lake eight days later. The official cause of death was accidental drowning, but there are still questions about how he actually died. It was reported that there was fishing line wrapped around his leg and he had a head injury (which may have occurred post mortem). It has also been speculated that he was murdered by a German-American neighbor, Martin Blecher, Jr., or that he fell on a fire grate during a drunken brawl with J. Shannon Fraser, owner of Canoe Lake's Mowat Lodge, over an old loan to Fraser for the purchase of canoes (Thomson allegedly needed the money for a new suit to marry Winnifred Trainor, whose parents had a cottage at Canoe Lake).

Rumors circulated following Thomson's drowning that Trainor was pregnant with Thomson's child. Winnifred Trainor made a trip to Philadelphia with her mother the following winter and returned around Easter. She never spoke subsequently about her relationship with Thomson, adding to the mystery. A nephew, Terrance Trainor McCormick, an upper New York resident who inherited her estate (which included at least thirteen small Thomson paintings, as well as correspondence), said the letters confirm their engagement. McCormick has refused to produce the letters for scholarly investigation, further fueling the fire of speculation.

Others believe that Thomson, who produced at least 63 landscape paintings that last spring (many of which he gave away or discarded), suffered from severe depression and drowned himself. He was buried at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on July 17, 1917, without any family members having seen the body. Under the direction of his older brother, George Thomson, the body was exhumed two days later and re-interred in the family plot next to the Leith Presbyterian Church on July 21. None of the theories explaining Thomson's death are conclusive, and the wide range of speculation serves mostly to perpetuate the romantic legend of the self-taught artist.

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Obverse
Canada 2002 Christmas Tree Ornament Jack Pine in Gift BagAn accurate and intricately engraved reproduction of artist Tom Thomson's oil-on-canvas masterpiece, The Jack Pine. There are no legends on this side of the ornament, to enhance the beauty of the scene.

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Reverse
Full information and credit regarding this famous painting, as well as the date minted.

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Packaging

The ornament is enclosed in an elegant, burgundy velvet pouch, perfect for gift giving!

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2002
   
Weight 42.7 g
Diameter 55.00 mm
   
Finish Antique
Composition Solid pewter
Edge Plain
   
Artist Tom Thomson

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