Nicholas Raffael de Grandmaison was born in Russia in 1892, into a French and Russian family of noble descent. Educated in Moscow, he studied art, music, languages and history until he entered the military at the age of 19. After being captured as a soldier in the Imperial Army, de Grandmaison spent 4 years in a prisoner of war camp. Following the war, de Grandmaison went to England, studied art and in 1923, he moved to Canada. He fell in love with the First Nations people and much of his successful work consists of portraits of Indians, both adults and children.
De Grandmaison preferred pastels to oil and favoured a type of sandpaper imported from France that was smooth on one side and rough on the other. He died in Calgary on March 23, 1978, and was buried in the Peigan Reserve. . De Grandmaison’s work remains a permanent part of Canadian art history.
This framed, signed, portrait of a man, believed to be a country doctor is done in pastels. The framed work measures 10" by 11". The visible portrait measures 8 1/4" by 7 1/4". The back of the frame contains a pastedown describing a country doctor.
I would date this work to the late 1920's. His later work is almost exclusively portraits of the First Nations and Plains Indians.
Condition: the pastel appears to be in perfect condition under glass. I have not removed it from its original frame.