Art: Kane's Life

When the new building of the U. S. Department of Labor was opened in Washington in 1935, an exhibition of 15 paintings dignified it. They were by John Kane, Pittsburgh laborer and house painter whose canvases stand alone in U. S. art as monumental documents of the Monongahela and Allegheny Valley steel country. An Irishman, who grew up working in Scottish mines and came to the U. S. at 19, Kane was unknown as an artist until he was past 60. He died in 1934 at 74. This week the rugged, blue-eyed, peg-legged man's...

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