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 Théodore Jobin  (1873 - 1955)

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Théodore Jobin (1873-1955)

Born in Québec, Canada in 1873, he emigrated to Boston with his family in 1890. Baptized Barthélémy Théodore in honor of one of his grandfathers, all his life he went by the name of Théodore Jobin. He died in Providence, RI in 1955. 


Most of his life was spent in or near Boston, Massachusetts.  The young man Théodore quickly found employment with the large firm Filene’s. Having been gifted with artistic ability, he was charged with window-dressing and with advertising design, posters, etc.

He had administrative abilities, and he soon became the manager of D. R. Emerson’s of Boston, where he was employed until the financial crash of the Great Depression in 1932 which forced Emerson’s to close its doors.

This turn of events, which could have been disastrous, proved instead a blessing in disguise for Mr. Jobin.  He began to devote himself to painting, and eventually took his place among the best contemporary artists of his area.  He specialized in Canadian landscape painting—the sugarwoods, ice-fishermen, etc.  He traveled the Maine coast, an area he especially enjoyed and which provided him with numerous subjects for paintings, of which the artistic composition was especially noteworthy.  He excelled in miniature painting, called "little gems" by some. 

He illustrated several American books, and The National Academy and the Corcoran Art Gallery museum of Washington exhibited his dry point etchings.  A great number of his paintings adorn homes in this country as well as in Canada.

Mr. Jobin was a member of the Copley Society; of the Business Mens’ Art Club of Boston; of the Rockport Art Association; of the Southern Printmakers’ Association; and of the New England Print Association.

During World War I Mr. Jobin served as a member of the Massachusetts State Guard. During World War II he served as a member of the Civil Defense, using his artistic abilities on behalf of a war factory in Boston.

Mr. Jobin was married to Miss Emelie Dahl who died in 1910, leaving him to care for a child, who is today Mrs. Estelle J. Thibodeau of Wollaston, Massachusetts.

Théodore Jobin’s sketchbooks, sample greeting cards, etchings etc. are archived in the Jobin Family Collection, Assumption College, Worcester, MA. Many paintings and etchings remain in the Thibodeau family collection, Scituate Harbor, MA. (Notes by his grandson, Philippe Thibodeau, June 2006)


Biography from Connell Fine Arts:
Little is known about the life and works of Theodore Jobin. Among his personal effects were small indications of just who he was and where he lived and painted. He was born in May of 1873 and most likely along the St. Lawrence River near Quebec and the Laurentian. In 1907 we found him living in Dorchester Massachusetts working as a window designer for the R. H. Stearns Department. store in Boston. Also at this same time he was enrolled in the "International Correspondence School of Art " studying basic design.

In 1915 he lived in Cambridge Mass. and at this time had a painting titled "Daddy 's Voice" copyrighted with the library of Congress (reg # K89925). This painting / illustration became very well known and was used as the logo for a national telephone company. By the 1930s we find him living in Newton Center, Massachusetts. He then concentrated more on the graphic arts and became a member of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and the New England Paint Association. He summered in the small community of Dutch Neck Waldoboro, Maine.


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