• Eleanor Coen
    Street Carnival
    1950
    color lithograph
    15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    Boy on Stilts
    1956
    color lithograph
    26 x 20 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    Pure Anger
    1943
    color lithograph
    16 x 11 1/2 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    Woman and Boy, Acapulco
    n.d.
    lithograph
    16 x 11 1/2 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    Untitled (workers)
    1943
    lithograph
    16 x 11 1/2 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    The Prophets
    c. 1965
    oil on board
    14 x 14 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    Untitled (Child)
    c. 1958
    oil on canvas
    34 x 26 inches

  • Eleanor Coen
    Bird Ignoring Three Children
    c. 1962
    oil on board
    12 x 15 inches

  • Eleanor Coen, c. 1945

  • Ox-Bow, 1946
    Clockwise from top left: Frank Vavruska, Dan Lutz, Max Kahn, Eleanor Coen

  • Max Kahn and Eleanor Coen, 1940s


BIO

b. 1916 – d. 2010

Born in Normal, Illinois, Eleanor Coen is a landscapist of urban and rural subjects with an expressionist style of swift brush strokes, heavy impasto, and intricate overlays of glowing color. Since the ’40s, she has been especially well known for her paintings and prints of children. She was a student and teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied painting there with Boris Anisfeld and lithography with Max Kahn, whom she married.

From 1939 to 1940, she was part of the Federal Art Project in Chicago and in 1942 won a traveling fellowship from the School of the Art Institute to study at the School of Fine Arts in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.