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Bob Kane

Bob Kane
American, 1937-2013

“Ristorante tre Sorelle, Positano”
Watercolor & pencil on paper

 Born in Cleveland, OH, Bob Kane studied at Cornell and the Art Students League in NY, where he became a student of Will Barnet.  Impressed by Kane’s talent and energy, Barnet became his lifelong mentor and friend. 

Kane spent 40 years traveling to the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy, returning to his New York studio to translate his pencil and watercolor sketches into oil.  Positano, Italy was one of Kane’s favorite subjects.  After a visit to Positano, John Steinbeck wrote for Harper’s Bazaar in 1953 that “Positano bites deep.  It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”  It apparently beckoned to Kane for years as he caught the vibrancy, life, and color the town and its people evoke.