Nicholas de Grandmaison - a glimpse of the past

A cultural icon of southern Alberta and one of the most important portraitists of First Nations people, Nicholas de Grandmaison was a nomadic painter who often stayed with ranchers, farmers and Aboriginal families for several days at a time while he painted their portraits. His work not only documented the history of First Nations people in Canada, but was also unmatched in its ability to capture the unique personalities of those who sat for portraits.