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JOST, Ottilie Palm

Hamilton, Ontario, 1878
Munich, Germany, 1961
Biography synopsis
Described as an early painter of Impressionist landscapes, the Hamilton artist Ottilie Palm Jost studied at the Hamilton School of Art and in summer schools in Old Lyme, Connecticut and Provincetown, Massachusetts with the American Impressionist painters of the time. A founding member of the Hamilton Art Students League (1898), she worked for many years as an illustrator for the Hamilton Herald, the Hamilton Spectator, and the forerunner of the Globe and Mail (Toronto). She was engaged to artist John Sloan Gordon (who later married Hortense Gordon), but they quarreled and Jost moved to Germany in 1911 and remained there for the rest of her life, except for a brief period in 1951 when she returned to Hamilton. While living in Germany she continued to show her work in Canadian exhibitions. While still living in Canada, in 1908 she painted a large mural of the Resurrection for St. John's Lutheran Church; the work remains in situ.
Media used
Mural painting and decoration
Hamilton Art School, 1908
Provincetown, Massachusetts Summer School
Old Lyme, Connecticut Summer School
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department

Writings about
"1st Woman Driver Here, Artist Dies In Germany." Hamilton Spectator 29 Mar. 1961
"Much Good Work at R.C.A. Exhibition: Thirty-Fifth Annual Show Comprises Interesting Pictures by Local Artists." Gazette (Montreal) 21 Nov. 1913: 5
"Painter's daughter dies in Germany." Hamilton Spectator 26 May 1992
"The Annual O.S.A. Exhibition." Saturday Night (29 Feb. 1908): 4
Anderson, Janice. Creating Room: Canadian Women Mural Painters and Rereadings of the Public and the Private. Montreal: Concordia University, 2002
Beckett Gallery. Ottilie Palm Jost (1868-1961) Canadian Impressionist. 1992
Benedetti, Paul. "A Brush With Immortality: Attic dust hid artist's treasures for years." Hamilton Spectator 25 Apr. 1992: C1
Benedetti, Paul. "Remembering Mother: The Daughter of Ottilie Palm Jost revisits Hamilton to see exhibit of her mother's work." Hamilton Spectator 13 May 1992
MacCuaig, Stuart. Climbing the Cold White Peaks: A Survey of Artists in and from Hamilton 1910-1950. Hamilton: Hamilton Artists Inc, 1986
Mahoney, Jeff. "Hamilton Boasts a Rich Artistic Legacy." Hamilton Spectator 8 Jun. 1996
Mahoney, Jeff. "Ottilie Palm Jost: Rediscovered." Hamilton Spectator 13 Jul. 1994
Taylor, Kate. "Rediscovering a Pioneer." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 18 Apr. 1992: C5
Wilson, Paul. "Elizabeth Rushes in for Angel Retreads: restores historical altar icon." Hamilton Spectator 13 Nov. 1997

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, ) M. Henri Fabien.  "L'Académie des Arts. Les Paysagistes."  Le Devoir  .  p.?.   Full-text pdf

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