Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches (54.6 x 64.8 cm)
Gift of Richard Netter, Class of 1939, JD 1941, and Alice K. Netter in memory of William and Francis Netter
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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