A chance encounter in London, England, in 1842 set the course for the cash-strapped, itinerant portrait painter Paul Kane to journey through Canada's West, recording traditional Aboriginal life. Read the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/paul-kane
Paul Kane kK During his travels Kane encountered over thirty different tribes, and he painted their vibrant cultural traditions as well as individual portraits. “Scalp Dance, Colville,” Colville (Interior Salish), c.
Paul Kane was the first and only artist in Canada to embark upon a pictorial and literary project featuring the country’s Aboriginal peoples; however, his work does contain inaccuracies and anachronisms. “Nesperces Indian,” Nez Perce, c. 1849–56, Royal Ontario Museum.
Paul Kane’s oil paintings reinforce the trope of the “noble savage,” a stereotype that was a product of the Western world’s Romantic vision of indigenous people. “Head Chief of the Assiniboines (Portrait of Mah-min),” Assiniboine, c.
Paul Kane’s sketches were generally assumed to have been executed on the spot or, if not directly from life, then close in time and location to their subject. “Encampment with Conical Shaped Lodges and Canoe,” mid-July Royal Ontario Museum.
Paul Kane’s book “Wanderings of an Artist” is a hybrid, a travelogue that includes detailed ethnographic descriptions as well as accounts of events he did not directly experience. “White Mud Portage,” chromolithograph from Kane’s book.