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NEWS:   We are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for a colloquium planned for April 26, 2014 at our offices in Toronto. We invite students, scholars, and other interested parties to submit research abstracts any time up until Feb. 9, 2014. Details here.

June 2013:The Cahén Archives activities are now centered within the nonprofit Cahén Foundation in Toronto. Our new Scholar-in-Residence, Jaleen Grove, has commenced work on several key development projects.

Do you own or have knowledge of original art by Oscar Cahén? We are advancing our work on the Oscar Cahén Catalogue Raisonné including reference to sculpture, ceramics, illustration, caricature, posters, album and programme covers, cartoons as well as stage set and graphic design. Please contact Jaleen Grove; and those who wish to remain anonymous will be accommodated. Our primary objective to account for, and document, all the works by Oscar Cahén from Canada, the United States and across Europe, for the benefit of researchers.


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Celebrating Canadian artist Oscar Cahén

Exuberant, flamboyant, colourful and lush. Just a few ways to describe the paintings of Oscar Cahén. Cahén died fifty years ago. He's considered one of Canada's most influential abstract artists... but outside of the art world, not too many Canadians know his name. Phlis McGregor and Heidi Petracek talk about Oscar Cahén.


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"Cahén’s early death may well have robbed Canada of its potentially greatest painter.
No one in this country has ever shown a more complete command of the expressive resources of an artist."

Paul Duval  
Four Decades:
The Canadian Group of Painters
and Their Contemporaries 1930-1970

Clarke, Irwin & Company Ltd., 1972
ISBN 0-7720-0553-2

oil casein and pastel    
Hi Art illustration board    
24" X 36"    
© The Cahén Foundation    




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