John Kane (1860–1934) - Study of a Male Nude & Young Highlander with Raised Arm

A rare John Kane double-sided pencil sketch. Kane is regarded as one of the masters of self-taught American artists.

On the above or recto, note how Kane makes room for the hands to complete the sketch—he ran out of room while drawing the figure's arms, so he placed them to the lower left. Above the hands, Kane lists 18th-19thC English painters that he must have been studying.

The verso illustrates a young boy in a Highlander outfit (Kane would use this figure in a few finished paintings). The writing on this side lists the colors of the rainbow (Roy G. Biv).

Provenance: Galerie St. Etienne

References: The Highland boy relates to figures in the following; Highland Hollow, Scotch Day at Kennywood and Scotch Day, Kennywood (Arkus 68, 71 and 73). 


Condition: Excellent. Archivally framed displaying both sides of the drawing. Museum Glass.


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Date: Circa: 1930-1940
Origin American
Artist/Maker John Kane (1860–1934)
Measurements 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (sight) / 12 3/4" x 9 3/4" (framed)
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Price $3,800.00
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