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THOMARAT, Jeanne A. (Aline)

Lyon, France, 1893
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Biography synopsis
Jeanne Thomarat was born in Lyon, France in 1893. She immigrated to Canada in 1905 after being trained as a pattern maker in her native France. She is a self-described "primitive" artist because she received no training and did not desire any. She and her husband, a handyman, settled in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, where Thomarat "tried to paint places that are not busy, everybody in a hurry ... where people can relax and enjoy life." She was one subject of a documentary produced by the CBC program Spectrum in 1979 on folk artists, which brought the National Gallery's attention to previously unknown artists.
Media used
File & Archive locations
University of Calgary Library, AB
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of Regina, SK - Archives and Special Collections
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department

Writings about
"Making a Home Out of Existence: Nine Prairie Folk Artists." Artscanada 36.230-31 (Oct-Nov. 1979): 1-14.
Crepeau, Pierre, et al. From the Heart: Folk Art in Canada. Ottawa: McClelland and Stewart & National Museum of Civilization, 1983.
Kobayashi, Terry and Michael Bird. A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press, 1985.
Kritzwiser, Kay. "Down-Home Talent Shows Up in Folk Art." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 15 Dec. 1979: E5.
Long, Timothy and The MacKenzie Art Gallery. Prairie Icons: The Discovery of Saskatchewan Folk Art. Regina: The MacKenzie Art Gallery, 1990.
Magocsi, Paul and Multicultural History Society of Ontario. Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
McKendry, Blake. A to Z of Canadian Art: Artists and Art Terms. Kingston: B. McKendry, 1997.
McKendry, Blake. An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art. Kingston, Ontario: B. McKendry, 1999.
Newman, Marketa. The Biographical Dictionary of Saskatchewan Artists, 2 Volumes. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1990.
Vancouver Art Gallery. "?" Vanguard 15 (1986/1987): 12.

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