Westmoreland museum spotlights artist John Kane’s late-in-life fame – Tribune

John Kane struggled to survive in Pittsburgh in the early 1900s.

He lost his infant son to typhoid fever and lost a leg to a train. He depended on The Salvation Army while battling alcoholism and depression. And he lived in poverty as a manual laborer and house painter.

Then, at 67, Kane became an art sensation.

His late-in-life fame is returning to the spotlight eight decades after his death. Kane artworks that were tucked away in private estates and museum storage spaces continue to make their way onto freshly curated gallery walls.

Starting Sunday, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art is displaying five Kane paintings it received from the estate of the late billionaire philanthropist Dick Scaife, former owner and publisher of the Tribune-Review.

Trailblazer

In 1927, on his

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