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Oscar Cahén
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 041

Oscar Cahén
CGP CSGA CSPWC OSA P11 1915 - 1956 Canadian

Machine
watercolour and ink on paper
signed and dated 1952
22 1/2 x 37 3/4 in  57.1 x 95.9cm

Provenance:
Cahén Archives, Vancouver
Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto
Granville Fine Art, Vancouver
Private Collection, Calgary

Literature:
David Burnett, Oscar Cahén, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983, reproduced page 49
Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, 2011, page 136

Exhibited:
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oscar Cahén, December 16, 1983 - February 12, 1984, traveling in 1984 to the Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s; the Art Gallery of Windsor; the Edmonton Art Gallery; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Oscar Cahén's importance as an illustrator in the history of Canada's graphic arts cannot be overstated. Iris Nowell wrote, "His illustrations were admired for their sophistication, joie de vivre, power and humour. More potently, they introduced a new standard of illustration in Canada." His success in advertising, combined with his background at the Dresden Art Academy and the Rotter School of Advertising Art in Prague, was the foundation of the works for which he is best known, those completed between 1950 and his untimely death in 1956. Machine is a powerful image from Cahén's pre–Painters Eleven oeuvre. Shapes and forms that would become predominant in his paintings - crescents, ovals and talons - are beginning to emerge. A heart of pink-red, a colour favoured by Cahén, radiates on the left, almost encased by inky forms. Thin crescent-like spines separate the painting into thirds, each beautifully balanced by similar shapes echoed throughout the work. Cahén was proficient in a variety of media, and this large work on paper is an excellent example of his skill and technique using watercolour and ink; his talent as an illustrator shines through.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $23,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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