Nicholas de Grandmaison
1895 - 1978
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Nickola (or Nicholas) de Grandmaison was born in Russia in 1892. He fought in the Russian army during World War I 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.