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Modernist Oil Painting on Canvas by Anita Kahn, circa 1950s



Wonderful modernist oil painting executed by Anita Kahn depicting stylish woman, excellent use of color, texture and space, signed on backside, During a lifetime of collecting Arthur and his wife Anita Kahn assembled one of the most remarkable collections of Post-War American art. The Kahns assembled one of the most complete groups of Calder’s work in private hands. The scope and size of the Kahn’s collection is unparalleled. The examples of Calder’s iconic large-scale hanging mobiles, the delicate pieces of his exquisite jewellery, and his many works on paper are outstanding. Both Anita and Dr. Kahn followed the artist’s career closely and were rewarded with a level of access that allowed them to acquire some signature pieces that would become central to their whole collection. Alongside the pieces by Calder, works such as Richard Pousette-Dart’s crowning glory, Blood Wedding capture the energy and excitement of Post-War America. This is a collection, with works from Alexander Calder to Pablo Picasso, and David Smith to Stuart Davis, that captures the excitement of this period, a moment when the axis of the art world shifted dramatically and New York became the epicentre of the art world. Russian immigrants, Anita's father was a dry goods salesman and her mother was a seamstress. She met her future husband Arthur Edward Kahn, who became a prominent New York dentist, on a blind date. His father had been a candy store owner and his mother a housewife. After serving on an Air Force base in Texas during WWII, Anita and Arthur moved to Manhattan where he began his dental practice. Anita had been an art student at Temple University and during the 1950s she resumed her studies at The New School for Social Research as a student of Moses Soyer, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Anthony Toney. This rekindled interest in the arts led in the following decades to Anita and Arthur becoming art collectors and patrons of the arts. Anita was known for her beauty, flair for dressing, acumen, and her sharp wit.


  • Creator
    Kahn (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Buffalo, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1062419219042

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    Ships From: Buffalo, NY
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