Painting of a valley with train tracks running beneath a bridge, there are houses on the hillsides and a boiler plant with a smoke stack on one side

John Kane, Bloomfield Bridge (detail), c. 1930, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Beal

Pittsburgh’s Painter

John Kane helped build industrial Pittsburgh. Then, as a complete unknown, his work was accepted into the 1927 Carnegie International, making him the first self-taught artist to be recognized by the American art establishment. His muse: his adopted city.

By Cristina Rouvalis



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