Gustav Hahn

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Gustav Hahn
Born27 July 1866
Died1 December 1962(1962-12-01) (aged 96)
NationalityGerman Canadian
Notable work
MovementArt Nouveau

Gustav Hahn (27 July 1866 – 1 December 1962) was a German Canadian painter, muralist and interior decorator who pioneered the Art Nouveau style in Canada.[1] Hahn was also an amateur astronomer, and his father, Otto Hahn, owned a collection of meteorites.[2]


Hahn was born in Reutlingen, then in the German Confederation.[1] As a young man, he attended art school in Stuttgart. In 1888 he moved to Toronto in Canada, where he started to work as a designer in an interior decorating firm.[1] Hahn painted murals in public buildings such as the Ontario Legislature and the Toronto Old City Hall, as well as churches and residences.[1]

Hahn's major works include the depiction of the 1913 Great Meteor Procession (titled Meteoric Display of February 9, 1913, as seen near High Park) and Hail Dominion (1906). Hail Dominion was a part of a proposal to make a series of murals for the Parliament buildings in Ottawa with the Toronto painter George A. Reid.[1] For Hail Dominion Hahn used his wife and elder daughters as models for Mother Canada.[1]

Hahn taught at the Ontario College of Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, and Central Technical School. His daughter, Sylvia Hahn, also became a muralist.[3]

His brother is Emanuel Hahn.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Gustav Hahn". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 9 Feb 2015.
  2. ^ Dan Falk (6 June 2010). "Mystery of the Canadian Fireball Procession of 1913". Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 Feb 2015.
  3. ^ Benzie, Robert (28 August 2016). "Revealed: a lost Ontario art treasure". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 28 August 2016.