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The Oscar Cahén bibliography is a continuing work in progress. We welcome your questions and comments. Please contact us with suggestions, additions or amendments.





Art Gallery of Ontario. Art Gallery of Ontario: The Canadian Collection. Toronto: McGraw Hill Co., 1970.ISBN: 0070925046

Augur, Martin F. Prisoners of the Home Front. UBC Press, 2005.ISBN 0774812249

Belton, Robert. Sights of Resistance: Approaches to Canadian Visual Culture. University of Calgary, 2001.ISBN: 1552380114

Berton, Pierre. My Times; Living with History 1947-1995. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1995.ISBN: 0385255284

Boyanoski, Christine. The 1950s: works on paper. Toronto: Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data., 1988.ISBN 0-919777-65-1

Boyd, M.M., ed. Literature and Life - One; illustrations by Oscar Cahén and Douglas Sneyd. Toronto: W.J. Cage, 1972.

Bringhurst, R. Visions: Contemporary Art in Canada. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. 1983.ISBN: 088894392X

Bumsted, J.M. The Peoples of Canada: A Post-Confederation History. Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition 2004 ISBN: 0195416902

Burnett, David, and Marilyn Schiff. Contemporary Canadian Art. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1983.ISBN: 0888302428

Cahén Archives in association with Beaverbrook Art Gallery: Oscar Cahén. Toronto 2017. ISBN: 978-0-9813280-4-1

Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference. 2001.

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson. The Artists Bluebook. 2003.

Duval, Paul. Canadian Drawings and Prints. Toronto: Burns and MacEachern, 1952.ISBN: n/a

Duval, Paul. Canadian Water Colour Painting. Toronto: Burns and MacEachern, 1954.ISBN: n/a

Duval, Paul. Four Decades: The Canadian Group of Painters and their Contemporaries - 1930-1970. Toronto Vancouver: Clark, Irwin & Company Ltd., 1972.ISBN: 772005532

Fetherling, Douglas. Editor. Documents in Canadian Art. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1987.ISBN: 0921149042

Forsey, William C. The Ontario Community Collects: a survey of Canadian Painting from 1766 to the present. Art Gallery of Ontario, 1975.ISBN: 0919876129

Fulford, Robert. The Arts in Canada. Toronto: Copp Clark Publishing, 1977.

Grove, Dr. S. Jaleen. Oscar Cahén:  Life and Work. Art Canada Institute 2015. ISBN 978-1-4871-0067-4

Grove, Dr. S. Jaleen Oscar Cahén: sa vie et son oeuvre  translated by Eve Renaud ISBN 9781487100629 (epub) 1487100620 (epub) 9781487100643 (pdf)

Hale, Barrie. Provincial Essays. Vol 2 ed. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1985.ISBN: 08253811

Harper, J Russell. Painting in Canada: A History (Second Edition), 1977.ISBN: 0802063071

Holubizky, Ihor. Gershon Iskowitz Life and Work. Toronto: Art Canada Institute 2018. Identifiers: Canadiana (print) 20189069082 | Canadiana (ebook) 20189069090 | ISBN 9781487101923 (hardcover) | ISBN 9781487101930 (HTML) | ISBN 9781487101947 (PDF)

Hubbard, R.H. National Gallery of Canada Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture - Vol III: Canadian School. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1960.

Kilbourn, Elizabeth. Great Canadian Painting: A Century of Art. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1966.ISBN: n/a

Koch, Eric. Deemed Suspect: A Wartime Blunder. Halifax: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1980.ISBN: 0887801382

Leclerc, Denise. The Crisis of Abstraction in Canada: the 1950s. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1992.ISBN: 088884624X

Lerner, Loren. Art and Architecture in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.ISBN: 0802058566

Lord, Barry. The History of Painting in Canada: Toward a people's art. NC Press, 1974.ISBN: 0919600123

Matuz, Roger, Editor. Contemporary Canadian Artists. Thomson Gale Canada, 1997ISBN: 1896413463

McInnes, Graham. Canadian Art. Toronto: McMillan and Co., 1950. ISBN: n/a

Montreal Branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. We Can Cook, Too! Montreal Branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club: 1956.

Mellen, Peter. Landmarks of Canadian Art. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1978.ISBN: 0771058284

Morris, Jerrold. 100 Years of Canadian Drawings. Toronto: Methuen, 1980.ISBN: 0458945706

Murray, Joan. Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1999.ISBN: 1550023322

Newland, Anne. Canadian Art From Its Beginnings to 2000. Willowdale: Firefly Books Ltd, 2000.ISBN: 1552094502

Nowell, Iris. Painters Eleven The Wild Ones of Canadian Art. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2011. ISBN: 9781553655909

Reid, Dennis. A Concise History of Canadian Painting. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1973, 1988.ISBN: 0195402073

Reid, Dennis  A Concise History of Canadian Painting, Toronto: Second Edition Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1988, p. 257. ISBN 0-19-540664-8

Rodgers, Margaret. Locating Alexandra. Toronto: ECW Press, 1995.ISBN: 1-55022-248-1

Ross, Malcolm. The Arts in Canada. Toronto, MacMillan and Co., 1958.ISBN: n/a

Wilson Lela M. and Sandra Dyck. York Wilson: His Life and Work 1907-1984 McGill-Queen’s University Press Feb 3 1998 p 106 ISBN 0886293375

Withrow, William. Contemporary Canadian Painting. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Limited, 1972.

Young, Pamela; Wilson-Smith, Anthony. Canadian Obsessions. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre;ISBN: 1553650972


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Burnett, David. Oscar Cahén. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.ISBN: 919876-89-7

Burnett, David. Harold Town. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario. 1986.ISBN 0-7710-1781-2

Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada; Canadian Art Volume 1/A-F.ISBN: n/a

Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada; Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture Volume 111: Canadian School. Ottawa 1960.ISBN: n/a

Dault, Gary Michael. Painters Eleven Show Catalogue. : Thames Art Gallery/The Frederick Horseman Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2002.ISBN: n/a.

Fulford, Robert. Magnificent Decade: The Art of Harold Town 1955-1965. Toronto: Moore Gallery, 1997.ISBN: n/a

Grove, Jaleen. Oscar Cahén Canada’s Groundbreaking Illustrator Exhibition Catalogue and Essay. New York: Illustration House Inc. 2011 ISBN-13: 978-0-615-54399-4

Hale, Barrie, et al. Toronto Paintings: 1953-1965. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1972.ISBN: n/a

Holocaust Education Week Program Guide: Liberation: Aftermath & Rebirth November  2-9 2015 The Sarah and Chain Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Neuberger HEW 2015 Holocaust Education Week. (cover illustration IG 1238 Why I Left the Old World)

Holubizky, Ihor and Robert McKaskell Aurandt, David Town, Harold Luke: Catalogue of an Exhibition held at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, November 20, 2003 - January 25, 2004 1953.  Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2003, ISBN:0921500823  

Murray, Joan. Painters Eleven in Retrospect. Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1979.ISBN: n/a

Nasby, Judith. The University of Guelph Art Collection:A catalogue of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The University of Guelph, 1980.ISBN: 0920810446

Nickel, Karl. Oscar Cahén: First American Retrospective Exhibition. Sarasota: 1968.The Ringling Museum of Art.ISBN: n/a

Ontario Society of Artists 87th Annual Exhibition Catalogue March 20th to April 19th 1959at The Art Gallery of Ontario.ISBN: n/a

Oscar Cahén Memorial Exhibition and 87th Annual Spring Exhibition. Art Gallery of Toronto:Ontario Society of Artists, 1959.ISBN: n/a

Oscar Cahén: 1916-1956: paintings and works on paper. Drabinsky Gallery, 1992.ISBN: n/a

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Creative Canada. A biographical dictionary of twentieth century creative and performing artists volume 2, University of Toronto Press ISBN 0-8020-3285-0 p 47 and 48 compiled by Reference Division, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, B.C. Published in 1974.Lareau, François. Index of Canadian Artists (Visual Arts). Ottawa, 1998.

McKendry, Blake. A-Z of Canadian Art, Artists and Art Terms. Published by the Author, 1997.ISBN: 8197394184

Anon. Styles and Movements: Painters Eleven. The Grove Dictionary of Art. : MacMillian Publishing Limited, 2000.

MacDonald, Colin. Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Ottawa: Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd., 1967.





Bentley Mays, John. Toronto Painting of the 1960's. The Globe and Mail 5 January 1984.

Gopnik, Blake. Rethinking an Impure Abstractionist. Globe & Mail Wednesday September 27, 2000.

Hicks, Philip. Fine collection of paintings at Memorial. The Evening Telegram 19 May 1984: 36.

Porter, McKenzie. Volcano with a Paintbrush. The Montreal Standard April 1951: 18-19.

Taylor, Kate. Home was where the art was. The Globe and Mail 4 September 1992: D6.





Andrus, Donald F.P./Paikowsky, Sandra R. The Journal of Canadian Art History Vol. IV No. 2 1977/78 Owls Head Press ISSN 0315-4297

Broad, Graham. Art Shock in Toronto. Painters Eleven: The Shock of the New. The Beaver, Canada’s History Magazine: Vol. 84:1, February/March 2004: 20-26.

Buchanan, Donald W. An Illustrator Speaks His Mind - An interview with Oscar Cahén. Canadian Art: Vol. VIII, No. 1, Autumn 1950: 3-8.

Burnett, David. Painters Eleven - Artist Oscar Cahén Revisited. The Gallery: Vol. 5, No. 10, December 1983: 1.

Carpenter, Ken. Painters Eleven in Retrospect. Artmagazine, Vol. 11, No. 47, Feb/March 1980: 17-21.

Carroll, Jock. New Accent to Canadian Art." Weekend Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 43, 1957: 16-18.

Dair, Carl. New Patterns in Canadian Advertising. Canadian Art, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1952: 152-157.

Dault, Gary Michael. In Search of Lost Fame. Border Crossings, Issue 91, August 2004 volume 23 number 3: 58-63.

Elliott, George. The Search for Vitality in Ontario. Canadian Art, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1955: 95-98.

Furnival A.S. Notes on Oscar Cahén “Northward Journal” Number 18/19: 143-151 ISSN 0706-0955

Fulford, Robert. Gallery & Studio. Mayfair Magazine, Vol. XXX1, No. 8/9, September 1957: 62-63. Crombie Publishing Company

Griffin. Canadians Abroad. Time May 1956.

Grove, Jaleen. DA • 87 Recuperating Magazine Digest: Jewish Identity and Cultural Nationalism in Canadian Publishing  Fall/Winter 2020. ISSN 0225-7874: 45-64

Inglis, T. Grace. Hortense Gordon, ARCA Journal of Canadian Studies, Fall 1994.

Kilbourn, Elizabeth. Great Canadian Painting; A Century of Art. Weekend Magazine 1966.

Macklem, Katherine. Bringing Back Oscar. Maclean’s Oct 25, 2004: 59-64.

Maclean’s November 4 2002: 2-3 Cover photography by Christopher Wahl, Maclean’s Cover June 1 1949, Reuters.

MacQueen Ken. The Short Wonderous Life of Oscar Cahén, Maclean’s Magazine Back Pages, September 28 2015 

Maclean’s July 15 1954 p63 In the Editor’s Confidence.

Maclean’s August 3 1957 p51 In the Editor’s Confidence.

Norman McLaren Bibliography. Oscar Cahén Memorial Award Granted. Canadian Art 1968: 123.

Ronald, William. Abstracts at Home. Canadian Art, Vol. XI, No. 2, Winter 1954: 51-52.

Winton, George. The Great Winnipeg Controversy. Canadian Art: Vol. XIII, No. 2, Winter 1956: 244-249.


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Antonacci, Janice and Caswell, Virginia The Emergency Removal of Two Large Murals, Winterthur Conservation Program, prepared for National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC, 1980.

James Hill, CAPIC President’s Dinner, 1988.

Ann H.J. Nelles, Executive Director, Royal Academy of Arts, 1975.

Dr. Evan Turner, Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1968.

Ontario Society of Artists President’s Annual Report Year Ending February 29th 1980.



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