Guidone, Thomas

Guidone, Thomas (1898-1990)

Thomas Guidone was born in Sorento, a Province of Naples, Italy on April 4, 1898. He moved to New Haven, Connecticut when he was three years old and was educated in the public schools. In 1927 he secretly married Gertrude Dwyer while attending Yale University. He graduated from the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1928. His thesis was on the ancient art of egg tempera formulations that artists had handed down orally. Upon graduation Guidon worked with Paul Saling decorating public buildings in Hartford. He then freelanced for three years and went on to work for Bancel LaFarge for four years, completing murals throughout the country. He attained a reputation as a religious muralist. He worked for the Public Works of Art Project and then completed 52 easel works for the WPA Federal Arts Project. His work was allocated to Troup Junior High School in New Haven, Hamden High School, Connecticut School for Boys, New Haven Public Library, the Community Chest of New Haven, Long Lane Farm, Rocky Hill Soldiers’ Home, and the Undercliff Sanatorium. Later in life he became a Professor Emeritus at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Guidon was married twice. After his first wife died in 1935, he remarried. He lived in East Haven at the time of his death on August 7, 1990. He was 92.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; Obituary, New Haven Register, August 8t, 1990; “Wed While at Yale,” New York Times, June 27, 1927; WPA Federal Arts Project Newsletter, August 1938; AskART; Social Security Death Index.

Thomas Guidone

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Thomas Guidone:

Waterfront: oil
Project 5: oil
WPA Workers: oil
Hydrangea: oil
The Harbor: oil
Domestic: oil
Blue Vase: oil
Chrysanthemums: oil
Side Road: oil
Pageant of New Haven:  
Social Work: watercolor
Old Tree: watercolor
Sleeping Giant: oil
Fisherman: watercolor
Still Life Roses: watercolor
Row Boats: watercolor
Hollyhocks #1: watercolor
Hollyhocks #2: watercolor
Hollyhocks #3: watercolor
Hollyhocks #4: watercolor
Hollyhocks #5: watercolor
4 Masted Ship: watercolor
Water Front Shack: watercolor
Old Barn: watercolor
Coal: watercolor
High Tide: watercolor
Dahlias: oil
Aftermath- Sketch of Hurricane: oil
Moonlight: oil
Mural Sketch: oil
Motor Launch at Anchor: watercolor
First Snow: oil
West Rock: oil
Robinson Crusoe: oil
Landscape Muddy River: watercolor
Pine Rock: oil
Frozen Falls: oil
Bethany Falls: oil
Cross Road: oil
Old Barn: oil
Sundown: oil
Snowdrift: oil
Mill River # 1: oil
North Front Street: oil
Spring Thaw: oil
Sleeping Giant: oil
Early Spring: oil
Oyster Boat: oil
Eventide: oil
Dry Dock: oil
Clay Pit: oil
High Tide: oil
Row Boat: oil
Home Stretch: oil
Wagon Trail: oil
Farmyard: oil
Bean Pickers: oil
Sinking Sun: oil
Still Water: oil
Three Master: oil
West Rock in Distance: oil
Guidone, Thomas