Before his tragic death at age 40, Oscar Cahén fled
Nazi Germany, made his name as a celebrated North American magazine illustrator, and co-founded the Canadian abstract art collective Painters Eleven. Read and download the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/oscar-cahen
Members of the Painters Eleven during the Simpson's department store Abstracts at Home display, 1953. From left: Tom Hodgson, Oscar Cahén, Alexandra Luke, Kazuo Nakamura, Ray Mead, Jack Bush, and William Ronald. Photo by Everett Roseborough.
Success came rapidly for Cahén between 1953 and and he was frequently invited to exhibit. This painting was included in the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil, “Requiem”, c.
In 1940 Cahén was classed as an enemy alien and shipped from Britain to an internment camp in Quebec on the prisoner ship Ettric. Camp N internment camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on November Library and Archives Canada.