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Paul Kane

Mah-Min

Artist

Paul Kane
Mallow, Ireland, 1810 – Toronto 1871

Title

Mah-Min

Date

About 1848

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

76 x 63.3 cm

Credits

Purchase, William Gilman Cheney Bequest, inv. 1947.992

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

In May 1846, Paul Kane, sponsored by Hudson’s Bay company, undertook a long voyage through the prairies to Fort Vancouver (present-day Portland, Oregon). He brought back more than five hundred sketches to use as studies for his paintings. His care with detail and the ethnographic character of his observations contrast with the picturesque approach of Krieghoff and provide a more accurate idea of the Amerindians’ way of life. Still, his composed settings and subjects adhere to the painting conventions of the time.

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