Norman Millet Thomas

Listed American Artist: 1915-1986
Mezzotint and Drypoint Etching: printed in soft brown ink
Signed and Titled: "Jazz Street Parade - New Orleans" ca. 1950
Image Size: h. 8 1/4 in. by w. 10 1/4 in.
Condition: Strong inpression in pristine shape
Numbered: 69/130 and it is archivally Matted with acid-free materials throughtout

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Norman Thomas

 

Jazz Street Parade

 

 

Norman Millet Thomas

Frederick TaylorNorman Millet Thomas, was born in 1915 and grew up in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Portland High School in 1933, and 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 traveling scholarship of $1,500, for a mural that he had painted of lobster fisherman on the back shore of Long Island (Maine). Norman Thomas served as a combat artist for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Several of his paintings of action in Greenland were published in Life magazine. He had to repaint these particular paintings after the originals were lost at sea during the war. He also sketched the amphibious assaults at Leyte, Luzon, and Iwo Jima in the Pacific.

Returning to London in January 1934, Fred studied drawing, etching and lithography at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts with Bernard Meninsky and W.P. Robins, and drawing and etching at the Goldsmith College of Art with J. Baleman and Stanley Anderson. Later that year, he returned to Ottawa and secured a commission to etch portraits of Canada’s prime ministers.

Thomas's later years were spent mostly in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His close circle of friends included Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and David Siqueiros. He was the producer of the 1961 film "El Brazo Fuerte" by Giovanni Korporaal, which was banned in Mexico because it criticized government corruption. From about 1965 to 1970 he was in Los Gatos, California, and became part of the group of artists who gathered at the nearby Studio 88 in Campbell. In the 1970s he was staying in San Jose.

Thomas's later years were spent mostly in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His close circle of friends included Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and David Siqueiros. He was the producer of the 1961 film "El Brazo Fuerte" by Giovanni Korporaal, which was banned in Mexico because it criticized government corruption. From about 1965 to 1970 he was in Los Gatos, California, and became part of the group of artists who gathered at the nearby Studio 88 in Campbell. In the 1970s he was staying in San Jose.

Norman passed away at Cuernavaca on May 11, 1986 at the age of 70. His ashes were returned to the Portland area and scattered over Casco Bay, Maine.


Print Ref No: 11MMX08SIM-S/AOEX

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