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Oscar Cahén Life & Work by Jaleen Grove
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Credit for Cover Image

Oscar Cahén, Austin Healey 100 Engine, 1954. (See below for details.)


Credits for Banner Images

Biography: Oscar Cahén painting outdoors in King Township, Ontario, c. 1949. (See below for details.) 
Key Works: Oscar Cahén, The Adoration, 1949. (See below for details.)
Significance & Critical Issues: Oscar Cahén, Traumoeba, 1956. (See below for details.)
Style & Technique: Oscar Cahén, Illustration for the “The Pirate,” 1948. (See below for details.)
Sources & Resources: Oscar Cahén, Growing Form, 1953. (See below for details.)
Where to See: Installation view of Oscar Cahén Memorial Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1959. (See below for details).


Credits for Works by Oscar Cahén

The Adoration, 1949. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Animal Structure, 1953. Collection of Museum London, Art Fund, 1963, © The Cahén Archives, photography © Museum London.
Ascend, 1952. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, purchase 1970, © The Cahén Archives.
Austin Healey 100 Engine, 1954. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Candy Tree, 1952–53. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Christus (322), c. 1949–50. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Cockfight (452), 1951. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Cover illustration for Hiroshima by John Hersey, The Standard, 1946, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Cover illustration for Maclean’s, October 15, 1951, printer’s proof. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Cover illustration for Maclean’s, January 15, 1952, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Crucifixion (737), c. 1950. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Ein Gemüt Cartoon, from Osveny newspaper, 1934, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Growing Form, 1953. RBC Corporate Art Collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “Babies For Export,” The Standard, 1947, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “The Californian’s Tale,” New Liberty, 1947. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “Don Giovanni,” The Standard, 1942, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “The First (and Last) Ottawa Street Café,” Maclean’s, 1955. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “The Most Beautiful Girl I’ve Ever Known,” 1951, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “A Night Out in Montreal,” Weekend, 1956, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “The Pirate,”  The Standard, 1948. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “The Runner,” The Standard, 1943, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “We Don’t Understand Our DPs,” The Standard, 1951. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for “When Johnny Lifted the Horn,” Weekend Picture Magazine, 1951. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Illustration for short story, “Mail,” by John Norman Harris, 1950, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
“Little Jong is Brave as a Tiger,” Weekend Magazine, 1955, tearsheet. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Magazine Digest cover design, c. 1946, printer’s proof. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Masque (181), 1950. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Multi-part Mural, Staff Lounge and Cafeteria of the Imperial Oil Executive Office Building, Toronto, 1956, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Photographs in collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Object d’Art, c. 1953. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Plate, c. 1950–56. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Poster warning against venereal disease, c. 1944. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Praying Family, 1948. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Praying Man (170), 1947. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Requiem, c. 1953. Current location unknown, © The Cahén Archives.
Rooster, c. 1950–51, current location unknown. Image taken from 79th Annual Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition Catalogue, 1951.
Self-portrait, c. 1930–40. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Sketch for Warrior (050), 1955–56. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Small Combo, c. 1954. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Still-life, 1950. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, © The Cahén Archives.
Subjective Image, c. 1954. Collection of Jim and Melinda Harrison, © The  Cahén Archives.
Traumoeba, 1956. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (040), c. 1955. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (077), 1953. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (084), 1953. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (128), 1938. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (230), 1950–51. Private collection, © Cahén Archives.
Untitled (368), c. 1955–56. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (384), 1956. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (389), 1946. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (405), c. 1952. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (427), c. 1952. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (559), 1931. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (1141), c. 1947–50. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (Piano Player), 1943. Private collection, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled (clippings of published work), c. 1943. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled, c. 1941. Collection of Beatrice Fischer, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled, c. 1941. Collection of Beatrice Fischer, © The Cahén Archives.
Untitled, 1956. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, © The Cahén Archives.
Warrior, 1956. Private collection on loan to National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, © The Cahén Archives.
Watercolour 131-12, c. 1956. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, © The Cahén Archives.


Credits for Photographs and Works by Other Artists

Art Director Gene Aliman and Oscar Cahén at the Art Directors Club annual exhibition, 1955. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Boogie Doodle, 1941, by Norman McLaren. National Film Board of Canada.
Cathedral, c. 1960, by Walter Yarwood. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Gift of Dr. Ralph and Patricia Price, 1984. © Yarwood Family.
Cover of the first American edition of Fritz Max Cahén’s Men Against Hitler, 1939. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Day Neon, 1953, by Harold Town. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Gift of the artist's estate, 1994.
A group of internees behind the barbed wire fences at the Camp N internment camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on November 19, 1945. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, PA-114463.
The Hero, 1933, by George Grosz. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Installation view of Oscar Cahén Memorial Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1959. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
It Became Green, 1956, by Tom Hodgson. Collection of the Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, purchase 1971, © Tom Hodgson Estate, courtesy of the Christopher Cutts Gallery.
Members of the Painters Eleven during the Simpson's department store Abstracts at Home display, 1953. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Michael, Oscar, and Mimi at their home in King Township, 1951. Photograph by Page Toles, Collection of The Cahén Archives.
The Old Tree, 1951, by Jack Bush. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2015).
Oscar and Beatrice photographed on the street in Montreal, c. 1943. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Oscar and Mimi at the drafting table in Montreal, c. 1943. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Oscar Cahén at an easel, 1951. Photograph by Page Toles. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Oscar Cahén, right, and an unidentified couple visiting Zwinger Palace in Dresden, c. 1932. Collection of The Cahén Archives, © The Cahén Archives.
Oscar Cahén with a guitar, c. 1945. Photograph by Geraldine Carpenter. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Oscar in his beloved Austin-Healey sports car. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Photograph of Cahén taken for an article in the Autumn 1950 issue of Canadian Art magazine. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Photograph of an internee in a camp uniform at Camp N in Sherbrooke, Quebec, c. 1940–42. Photograph by Marcell Seidler. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, PA-143492.
Photograph of lost painting, c. 1946. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Portrait of Dr. Heinrich Stadelmann, 1922, by Otto Dix. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, © Estate of Otto Dix / SODRAC (2015).
Portrait of Oscar Cahén in his studio in 1951. Photograph by Page Toles. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Portrait of Oscar Cahén on the staircase of his home in 1951. Collection of The Cahén Archives.
Poster designed by Vilém Rotter for the 1934 International Fair in Prague.
Procession, 1944, by Abraham Rattner. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. 
Thorn Trees, 1945, by Graham Sutherland. Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York.


Acknowledgements

From the Author

Jaleen Grove would like to thank Sara Angel for this opportunity and the staff of ACI for their meticulous work, and to acknowledge the unpublished research of Jeffrey Spalding, Tom Smart, Gerta Moray, Jessica Poon, Cy Strom, Rachel Boisclair, and Paula Draper. She also thanks Michael Cahén, Jim Harrison, and the Visual Literacy Foundation of Canada for use of The Cahén Archives, Alan Flint for input on printmaking, Marek Cerveny for research in Prague, and David Silcox for access to the Harold Town fonds; and she extends gratitude to all interviewees, especially Gerry Waldston, Beatrice Fischer, William Pachner, Jean Ainsworth, and Colin Gravenor, Jr. —Jaleen Grove


From the Art Canada Institute
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The ACI gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Art Gallery of Ontario (Jim Shedden and Ebony Jansen); The Cahén Archives; the National Gallery of Canada (Kristin Rothschild, Raven Amiro, and Erika Dola); Museum London (Janette Cousins Ewan); the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Sonya Jones and Linda Jansma); Seth; the Vancouver Art Gallery (Danielle Currie); and private collectors who wish to remain anonymous.


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Copyright

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ISBN 978-1-4871-0067-4

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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Grove, Jaleen, author
Oscar Cahén : life & work / by Jaleen Grove.

Includes bibliographical references.
 
Contents: Biography — Key works — Significance & critical issues — Style &
technique — Sources & resources — Where to see.
Electronic monograph. 
ISBN 978-1-4871-0065-0 (pdf). —ISBN 978-1-4871-0063-6 (epub)


1. Cahén, Oscar, 1916-1956.  2. Cahén, Oscar, 1916-1956—Criticism and
interpretation.  3. Painters—Canada—Biography.  4. Illustrators—Canada
—Biography.  I. Art Canada Institute, issuing body  II. Title. 

ND249.C237G76 2015                    759.11                    C2015-905498-2