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Theora Hamblett

January 15, 1895 - March 6, 1977


Theora Hamblett is an American painter, born in Paris, Mississippi in 1895. She was raised on a chicken farm which would later inspire a lot of her artwork. As a young woman, Hamblett was a teacher in the local school. In fact, Hamblett’s art career only began much later, at the age of 55, when she decided to take an art class at the University of Mississippi. Her art career began shortly after that when an art dealer from New York, named Betty Parson’s, discovered Hamblett. It did not take long for Hamblett to become nationally known for her folk art. She explored three main themes in her art: memory paintings, dream paintings, and landscape paintings, each style inspired from varying parts of her life.

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