Born in Moscow, Russia, Nicola De Grandmaison became a Canadian painter of Indian portraits in pastel. His motto was: "Unless we appreciate the past, we will never have a future."
While serving as an officer in the Russian Army during World War I, he was captured by the Germans. He then studied art in Paris and at St. John's Wood in London before emigrating in 1923 to Canada.
When he did Indian portraits, he had the subjects sign the work. One of his portraits was of "High Eagle," the last survivor of the Custer massacre. Because of his portrait skills, he was made an honorary chief of the Peigan Indian tribe. He also did a portrait of John Hunter, English portrait painter who spent much time in Taos, New Mexi
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