Paul Kane: The Artist

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By canoe, bateau, horseback, dog sled, and snowshoes, artist Paul Kane journeyed across North America in the mid-1800s, driven by a passion to produce a visual record of Native Peoples, their customs and artifacts, as well as the landscapes they inhabited. The Royal Ontario Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Kane’s art—100 oil paintings and almost 400 sketches in graphite and watercolour. This stunning coffee table volume illuminates Kane’s life and the complete ROM collection. The work also includes a rare, previously unpublished manuscript from the ROM’s collections, a recollection of Kane by Maude Cassels, daughter of the artist’s principal patron. Paul James Kane, the artist’s great-great-grandson has added a Kane family genealogy. This landmark work will interest the many admirers of Kane’s art, including the art historian, the connoisseur of art, the anthropologist, students of Canadian and American history, and all those interested in the cultures of Aboriginal peoples.

Author: Kenneth R. Lister
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Royal Ontario Museum Press (January 1, 2011)