Among the seventy-nine "beautiful and meticulously executed watercolours and drawings" that were on view in Oscar Cahén's solo exhibition that opened in November 1934 at Stockholm's Ole Haslunds Haus was the portrait of his father. "When you are together with Oscar," a local newspaper reviewer intoned in a short notice, "you cannot avoid hearing him tell you about his father."
The portrait that was reproduced in the paper shows a severe Fritz Max, who, at the time of the opening, was living in Czechoslovakia and making movies, among them one titled, "The Kiss in the Snow." Basking in the light cast by his remarkable father, the young Oscar proudly announced that he too was involved in the film's production as a costume designer.
The eighteen-year-old Oscar, described as "a child of our turbulent time," had traveled widely by the time Stockholm exhibition opened. Precocious, in 1930, when he was fourteen, he enrolled at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Dresden (Dresden Academy of Fine Arts) by falsifying his birth certificate. Since he looked older than he was, Oscar was admitted to the institution that boasted such notable alumni as Caspar David Friedrich, Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Dix.