Tom Thomson

1877 - 1917

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Thomas John Thomson (August 5, 1877 – July 8, 1917) was a Canadian artist active in the early 20th century. During his short career, he produced roughly 400 oil sketches on small wood panels and approximately 50 larger works on canvas. His works consist almost entirely of landscapes, depicting trees, skies, lakes, and rivers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tom Thomson has received more than 1,066,774 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Tom Thomson is the 1,915th most popular painter (down from 1,549th in 2019), the 539th most popular biography from Canada (down from 351st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Canadian Painter.

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Over the past year Tom Thomson has had the most page views in the with 103,919 views, followed by French (6,396), and Spanish (2,811). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Finnish (120.05%), Japanese (58.26%), and Arabic (26.18%)


Among painters, Tom Thomson ranks 1,915 out of 2,023Before him are William Kentridge, Maja Berezowska, Thalia Flora-Karavia, John Henry Twachtman, Abd al-Samad, and Guity Novin. After him are Erik Pevernagie, Rob Gonsalves, Stuart Davis, Roland Penrose, Colin Campbell Cooper, and Ksenia Milicevic.

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Among people born in 1877, Tom Thomson ranks 179Before him are J. Searle Dawley, Jón Þorláksson, Aleksandr Arbuzov, Claire McDowell, Georges Johin, and William Beebe. After him are Robert Farnan, Thomas C. Hart, Oscar Grégoire, Šatrijos Ragana, Gian Giorgio Trissino, and Laura Knight. Among people deceased in 1917, Tom Thomson ranks 117Before him are Richard Olney, Leander Starr Jameson, Jules Vandenpeereboom, Chrétien Waydelich, Mary Arthur McElroy, and Albert Pinkham Ryder. After him are Waldemar Tietgens, Mackenzie Bowell, Frank Odberg, Janez Evangelist Krek, Victor Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin, and Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Tom Thomson ranks 539 out of 1,622Before him are Anne Dorval (1960), James Tupper (1965), Sarah Polley (1979), Martin Kamen (1913), Erica Durance (1978), and Douglas Rain (1928). After him are Maurice LaMarche (1958), Anne Heggtveit (1939), Lolita Davidovich (1961), Taylor Kitsch (1981), Howie Morenz (1902), and Guy Delisle (1966).

Among PAINTERS In Canada

Among painters born in Canada, Tom Thomson ranks 9Before him are Emily Carr (1871), Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923), Philip Guston (1913), Agnes Martin (1912), John McCrae (1872), and Maurice Prendergast (1858). After him are Rob Gonsalves (1959).