Soft Maple in Autumn by Tom Thomson
Artist: Tom Thomson (1877 - 1917)
Original oil on plywood, 1914
Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
Gift of Louise (Thomson) Henry, sister of Tom Thomson, 1967
Dimensions: 28 cm x 41 cm
Piece Count: 408
Difficulty: 4 out of 5
While not formerly part of the Group of Seven, most Canadians recognize Tom Thomson's oeuvre and correctly attribute his influence and association with this group of elite artists. Soft Maple in Autumn features the beautiful orange, yellow and red hues associated with the fall colours of Algonquin Park. Jigsaw puzzlers will appreciate the autumn in Algonquin Park themed whimsies, including the elusive hero known as Mr. Canoehead.
Made in Canada.
The Group of Seven Comes to Life
This is my 3rd Stump Craft puzzle and all three have been gifted to me by my sister from another mother. Every time she comes to visit, we go to the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinberg, ON, so this latest puzzle by Tom Thomson was a lovely reminder of our time spent together. The finished puzzle is absolutely gorgeous - the colors are rich and splendid as the painting itself. Getting them altogether was challenging but certainly worth the effort. Not only is the finished puzzle beautiful but each piece is a work of art in itself. I love how the intricate pieces fit together and I get so excited when I find and check off the different shapes listed on the puzzle pieces card! I also love finding puzzle shapes that aren't listed too! So much fun!
First Stumpcraft Puzzle and I'm hooked!`
I bought a Stumpcraft puzzle at a Christmas craft fair - the Tom Thomson soft maple design. I love the whimsical pieces, the wood and the campfire smell of the puzzle. This puzzle was so much fun to do - I've just bought 2 more!
One of their best!
This one really surprised me. Love Tom Thompson and so had to get this one. I was intimidated at first with all the reds and similar fall colours. But the details in the cuts, depth of colours and fine art work made it so interesting, I found it hard to pull away from. I loved the entire experience
Great painting and great puzzle design
While I was enjoying the challenge of assembling this puzzle I was inspired to do a bit of online research about the painting. The original is much smaller than this puzzle - 7 x10 inches - and was apparently a field sketch made on plywood. The bright colours and very loose brushwork, as well as the clever tricks in the cutting design made for a very fun puzzle. The tactile experience of wood versus cardboard jigsaw puzzles makes them worth the extra cost. I’ve already bought two more Stumpcraft puzzles, and look forward to assembling this one again.