Biography of Joachim Gauthier and painting details

Joachim Gauthier Diamond Lake _Combermere Unframed Final


This painting was presented to the original owner as a retirement gift in 1952. It has not been displayed outside the family home since this time. This is the first time is has been seen by the general public. The painting is housed in the original frame. 


Joachim Gauthier, a landscape painter, was influenced by the Group of Seven. He primarily worked in oil and watercolour.

Gauthier was born in North Bay, Ontario. He eventually moved to Toronto after a time in Washington State and Hamilton Ontario. He studied under Group artists Franklin Carmichael and J.E.H. MacDonald. Gauthier worked at Sampson Matthews Limited as a commercial artist for 37 years. At the age of 35, A.H. Robson, art director of Grip Ltd., pointed out Gauthier as a young painter with potential, and praised his ability and originality. Gauthier also accompanied Group member A.J. Casson on sketching trips, and he exhibited with the Group. He was commissioned by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection at Kleinburg to do portraits of Tom Thomson, the Group and some of their contemporaries.

Gauthier was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1947, and became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 1931, and the Ontario Society of Artists in 1933. His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

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