Oscar Cahén was born in Copenhagen in 1916. In 1939 as the Nazi regime encroached, he escaped Germany to England, was arrested as an enemy alien, detained, and subsequently sent to Canada where he was interned for two years. He was 22. Released in 1942, Oscar rose to become Canada’s top illustrator, and a prominent visual artist as one of the principle members of the artists’ collective Painters Eleven. He died tragically in an automobile accident in 1956 at the pinnacle of his career. The Adoration is considered to be one of his early masterpieces.
The Cahén Foundation and TrépanierBaer Gallery have graciously agreed to provide an authorized copy of this magnificent painting.
Meditation: LUKE 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"