The First Brush: Paul Kane & Infrared Reflectography | Level 1

Open until January 24, 2015
Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples

This display explores the symbiotic relationship between art history and archaeology through the works of Paul Kane. This historical study of Kane’s works and their origins is highlighted by archaeological evidence from recent excavations. Displayed objects are on loan from Quetico Provincial Park, Archaeological Services Inc. and are complemented by art from the ROM’s Paul Kane collection.


Kenneth Lister

Assistant Curator (Arctic, Subarctic & Native Watercraft)

Heidi Sobol

Senior Conservator, Paintings


Comment by Barb

Thank you for this! It was the first ROMHang I had watched and what a great idea! As a volunteer it is so helpful, not to mention fun! Well done!

Comment by david

This is a fabulous story. Thank you for making it available here. Lister and Sobol talk about the two paintings above, are they and some artifacts the exhibit in total? Or is it more extensive including the ROM's vast Kane painting collection, the numerous Kane sketches mentioned and the many photographs taken by Ken in locating the painting sites? Is there a book in the works or in existence about this artistic and archaeological, detective and conservator treasure trove of Canada's native people's history?


Comment by Lead Concierge


Below is a reply from Curator Ken Lister:


Thank you for your comments and interest.  The new exhibit about the French River Rapids project is located in the Paul Kane section in the Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples.  Nineteen of Paul Kane's paintings are on display.  The section that discusses Kane's painting, French River Rapids, delves into the problem of finding the site that Kane painted and then its ultimate excavation.  The display includes the artifacts we recovered, the excavation drawings, photographs of the area, and Kane's painting and relevant sketches.  In a previous exhibit, I looked at other sites that Kane sketched including those in Georgian Bay, on Manitoulin Island, St. Marys River, and along the Kaministiquia River-Dog Lake fur-trade route in northwestern Ontario. 
This work has been published in a book titled, Paul Kane/ the Artist/: Wilderness to Studio that is dedicated to all of Paul Kane's paintings and sketches in the ROM's collection.  Additionally, the work is featured in an article titled, "Abandoned Landings: A Journey in Search of Paul Kane's Inspiration" published in the recent edition of ROM Magazine.  If interested, both of these publications are available in the ROM Shop.  
Best wishes,
Comment by Rosa Trombley

I'm interested in bringing my core french students, gr.6-8, to the ROM this fall. Do you have any exhibits on the history of the francophone culture in Canada that they could easily identify??