This is a fine pastel drawing of a young girl of about 3 looking directly at the viewer, the work signed at lower right by the Canadian master artist NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON (1892-1978). It measures 17 3/4" by 14" inside the mat (28 1/2" by 24" as framed). The artist is considered an important contributor to Canadian art history, his pastel drawings of Native peoples bringing into five figures at auctions. De Grandmaison was born in Moscow to nobility. He was an officer in the Russian army in World War I and was captured by the Germans. During the time as a prisoner of war, he began to draw. With training in art in Paris and London, he immigrated to Canada where by 1923 he was in Winnipeg, exploring Manitoba for art subjects. Over the subsequent years he became renowned for his pastel portraits of Native peoples. He moved to Banff, Alberta in 1940 and in the later years of his life received recognition for his talents. ALL PHOTOS TAKEN THROUGH DETAIL-DULLING NON GLARE GLASS.
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