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THOMARAT, Jeanne A. (Aline)

Lyon, France, 1893
Rosthern, Saskatchewan, 1985
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 was 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 began painting in 1952 trying "to paint places that are not busy, everybody in a hurry ... where people can relax and enjoy life." She exhibited across Saskatchewan and in Ontario beginning in 1963, and she was a subject in a documentary on folk artists produced by the CBC program Spectrum in 1979. Her work is included in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the University of Calgary Library, Alberta Community Development, Arts Development Branch, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Media used
Oil painting
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, Women Artists. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1990
Thauberger, David. Grassroots Saskatchewan. Regina, SK: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1976
Vancouver Art Gallery. "?" Vanguard 15 (1986/1987): 12

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