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.