Nicholas de Grandmaison, Previously Sold Artwork

Untitled Indian Brave
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil-pastel (23x16 in) 1961
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Blood Indian
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (26x20.5 in) 1959
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Portrait of Brave
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on canvas (30x24 in) 1955
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Blackfoot Indian
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil (30x24 in) 1954
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Tron - From the Blood Indian Reservation in Alberta
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (26.5x20.5 in) 1953
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Little Bear
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on panel (24x18 in) 1948
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Iron - Blood Indian
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (26x20 in) 1948
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Longtime Squirrel, Mesamikayisi
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on canvas (28.25x22.5 in) 1944
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Portrait of an Indian
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (17x14 in) 1940
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Chief Pat Grasshopper Sarcees
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil (24x19.5 in) 1940
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Untitled
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil (1x1 in) 1940
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Straw-hat
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (28x21 inch) 1940
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Portrait of a Trapper
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on canvas (20x16 inch) 1940
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Untitled Portrait (Red Bead Necklace)
Nicholas de Grandmaison
oil on panel (19x16 in) 1939
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John Hunter
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (19.75x14.5 in) 1938
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'Untitled Portrait'
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (19.5x16 in) 1938
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Blood Chief Eagle Plume
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (18.5x14.5 in) 1936
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Cree Chief
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (25x19.5 in) 1936
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Papoose
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (15.25x12.25 in) 1934
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Wolf Tail
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (18.5x15 in) 1930
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Nicholas de Grandmaison

(1892 - 1978) RCA, Order of Canada

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Nickola (or Nicholas) de Grandmaison was born in Russia in 1892. He fought in the Russian army during WWI and spent time as a prisoner of war. Making his way to England following the war, he studied at the St. John's Wood Art School in London. Some time later he traveled to Paris and undertook further art studies there. He immigrated to Canada in 1923 and settled in Banff, Alberta. Wishing to discover more about his adopted country, de Grandmaison often traveled from his home in the mountains to the prairies. He found his subjects among the native people he sought out along the way. An example of the rapport he had with his subjects: he was the only artist able to persuade High Eagle, the last surviving warrior of the Custer massacre, to sit for him.

When asked why he preferred to paint native indians he commented, "They sit quietly and pay attention when you are drawing them" He also stated, "...to me it is a great honour...they have colour, character and history in their blood". This statement inspired the title of a book which records 64 pastel portraits painted between 1930 and 1960. History in their Blood, by Hugh Dempsey, was published in 1982. De Grandmaison passed away in 1978. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada and his honors include an associate membership in the Royal Canadian Academy and the Order of Canada.

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