Oscar Cahén moved nimbly between media, style, and subject matter as if he were twenty different artists in one. Consequently, the following handful of works necessarily omits many facets relevant to his oeuvre. Nevertheless, it is possible to tell a story of Cahén’s creative journey through a selection of his art that marks some of the major themes and formal aesthetic problems that concerned him, as well as through an exploration of the important milestones in his rise to prominence.


  • Untitled (Piano Player)

    Untitled (Piano Player) 1943

  • Hiroshima Cover illustration

    Hiroshima Cover illustration 1946

  • Illustration for “The Californian’s Tale”

    Illustration for “The Californian’s Tale” 1947

  • The Adoration

    The Adoration 1949

  • Maclean’s Cover illustration

    Maclean’s Cover illustration 1952

  • Ascend

    Ascend 1952

  • Growing Form

    Growing Form 1953

  • Small Combo

    Small Combo 1954

  •  Illustration for “The First (and Last) Ottawa Street Café”

    Illustration for “The First (and Last) Ottawa Street Café” 1955

  • Untitled (040)

    Untitled (040) 1955

  • Warrior

    Warrior 1956

  • Multi-part Mural for Imperial Oil Executive Office Building

    Multi-part Mural for Imperial Oil Executive Office Building 1956

  • Untitled (384)

    Untitled (384) 1956

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