NORMAN MILLETT THOMAS

(1915 - 1986)
Listed American Artist
Etching signed in pencil by the Artist
Titled: "Jazz Street Parade - New Orleans" ca. 1950
h. 8 1/4 in. by w. 10 1/4 in.
Archivally framed
$375. CAN.
SALE $195.

 

 

Norman Thomas

 

Jazz Street Parade

 

THOMAS, Norman Millet

 

Norman Millet Thomas was born in 1915 and grew up in Portland, Maine. He studied at the Portland School of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design in New York City, and the American Academy in Rome, Italy. In 1938 he was awarded a Pulitzer travelling scholarship of $1,500, for a mural of lobster fisherman on the back shore of Long Island (Maine).

 

Thomas served as a combat artist for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. In one of his more important works he sketched the amphibious assaults at Leyte, Luzon, and Iwo Jima in the Philippines and one of his Luzon sketches, of two Coast Guardsmen, supporting between them a wounded soldier, became the design for the Coast Guard War Memorial bronze statue at Battery Park in New York City also sculpted by Norman Thomas.

 

Thomas’s later years were spent mostly in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He was the producer of the controversial 1961 film “El Brazo Fuerte” by Giovanni Korporaal (banned in Mexico because it criticized government corruption). From about 1965 to 1970 he lived and painted in Los Gatos, California, and became part of the group of noteworthy artists who gathered at the nearby Studio 88 in Campbell. In the 1970’s he was staying in San Jose but eventually moved back to Mexico where he died in Cuernavaca in May, 1986 at the age of 70.

 

Norman was a very talented artist and is listed in Who Was Who in America.

 

 

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