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
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.