One of the last of Oscar Cahen’s illustrations for Maclean’s appears on pages 10 and 11 of this issue. Like the artist himself, it has gayness and spontaneity, as well as a sureness of touch that stamps it as the work of an extraordinary illustrator. It was one of the last jobs that Oscar did for us. He was killed in an automobile crash on November 26, 1956. Oscar was not only one of Canada’s best and best-known illustrators; he was a gallery painter of international renown. In his ten years of association with Maclean’s he did hundreds of covers and
illustrations using half a dozen styles and techniques. He also painted and exhibited scores of important oils, one of which hangs in the National Gallery at Ottawa. As a member of Toronto's newly formed Painters Eleven, whose work recently went on exhibit in New York, he had established himself in the forefront of serious Canadian painters. His loss, therefore, is a great loss to all of Canada. And even if he hadn’t been able to paint a lick, all of those who knew and worked with him in this office would still miss him very much. ★
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