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medium: Oil »
support: on canvas »
year(s): 1916 »   //  1917 »
1916-1917.17
The Drive
Winter 1916–17
Alternate titles: Drive, South River; Log Chute; The Log Chute
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 54 1/8 in. (120 x 137.5 cm)

Exhibition History

1920 Thomson: Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by Tom Thomson, no. 28, as The Log Chute.
1941 Thomson: Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Horatio Walker - Tom Thomson, no. 7.
1952 CNE: Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculp¬ture Arranged by the Canadian National Exhibition Association and the Art Gallery of Toronto, no. 140.
1963 Stratford: The Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Ontario, Canada on Canvas
1967 Thomson: Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, no. 3 (repr.).
1971 Thomson: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, The Art of Tom Thomson, no. 0, no. XV (repr. col.).
1975 AGO: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, The Ontario Community Collects: A Survey of Canadian Painting from 1766 to the Present, no. 91 (repr.).
1998 Algonquin: Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Algonquin Memories: Tom Thomson in Algonquin Park, no. 3 (repr. col.).
2001 Oshawa: Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ontario, The Birth of the Modern: Post Impressionism in Canadian Art, c. 1900-1920, no. 47 (repr.).
2002 Thomson: National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Tom Thomson, no. 130 (repr. col.).

Published References

MacCallum 1918: "Tom Thomson: Painter of the North," p. 380 (repr.).
Mortimer-Lamb 1919: "Canadian Artists and the War," pp. 120 as The Drive, South River (repr.).
Bess Housser 1926: "In the Realm of Art," p. 33.
Guelph Mercury 1926: "Fine Painting is Unveiled at O.A. College"
Housser 1926: A Canadian Art Movement: The Story of the Group of Seven, p. 218.
Ontario Agricultural 1926: "Unveiling of "The Drive," a Northern Ontario Landscape Painting by Tom Thomson in the War Memorial Hall, Friday Evening, January 8th, 1926," pp. 254–58.
Quality Street 1926: "Honor for Tom Thomson"
Davies 1935: A Study of Tom Thomson: The Story of a Man Who Looked for Beauty and for Truth in the Wilderness, pp. 102–103.
Buckman 1937: "With Canadian Pioneers," p. 571 (repr.).
McInnes 1950: Canadian Art, p. 55.
Hubbard 1962: The Gallery of Canadian Art, 2 Tom Thomson, pp. 12, fig. 24 (repr.).
Davies 1967: Tom Thomson: The Story of a Man Who Looked for Beauty and for Truth in the Wilderness, p. 81.
Addison 1969: Tom Thomson, The Algonquin Years, pp. 58 as South River, 83.
University of Guelph 1969: "Tom Thomson Painting Owned by University," p. 1 (repr.).
Murray 1971: The Art of Tom Thomson, pp. 45, 47 n47–48, 56, 63 (repr. col.).
Lord 1974: Painting in Canada: Towards a People's Art, pp. 129–30 (repr.).
Forsey 1975: The Ontario Community Collects: A Survey of Canadian Painting from 1766 to the. Present, pp. 188–89, 234 (repr.).
Reid 1975: Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine, p. 23.
Town & Silcox 1977: Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm, p. 83 (repr. col.).
Nasby 1980: The University of Guelph Art Collection: A Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture, pp. 352–53 (repr. col.).
Murray 1994b: Northern Lights: Masterpieces of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, p. 44 (repr. col.).
Davis 1998: Thomson, Thomas John (Tom), p. 998.
Rhodes 2001: A First Book of Canadian Aart, p. 33 (repr. col.).
Reid and Hill 2002: Tom Thomson, pp. 32, 138–40, 285 (repr. col.), 333n155, 333n167.
Silcox 2002: Tom Thomson: An Introduction to his Life and Art, p. 42 (repr. col.).
Silcox 2003: The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, pp. 211, 255 (repr. col.).

Remarks

According to John McNeil, South River, conversation of 18 August 2001, the dam Thomson depicted is one at Craig Lake at the start of South River.

In a letter from Dr. J.M.MacCallum to Elizabeth Thomson Harkness, 12 January 1926, Dr. James M. MacCallum Papers, Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, MacCallum described the painting as “unfinished.” The conservation report of Ursus Dix, 1970 (Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph Archives) indicates overpaint in the water areas and on some of the logs in the middle ground plus at the right edge. Other titles include The Log Chute.

Record last updated February 16, 2016. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.