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John Kane

(American, born Scotland, 1860–1934)

Steel Farm III

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Object Details

Artist

John Kane

Date

ca. 1927–30

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches (54.6 x 64.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Netter, Class of 1939, JD 1941, and Alice K. Netter in memory of William and Francis Netter

Object
Number

79.084

With little formal education, Kane worked as a laborer for most of his life and knew hard times. Ear(…)

With little formal education, Kane worked as a laborer for most of his life and knew hard times. Earnest effort—whether paving a street or painting a landscape—mattered most to John Kane, who equated the value of such endeavors. He remarked in his autobiography:. . . a painting has a right to be as exact as a joist or a mold or any other part of building construction. I think the artist owes it to the people to make his painting as right and sound as he can make it.Kane’s breakthrough as an artist came in 1927, when a jury selected his work for the Carnegie Institute’s annual International Exhibition of Paintings. Prestigious showings in New York, London, and elsewhere soon followed.

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