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Dora Holzhandler (1928-2015)

Dora Holzhandler was born in 1928 in Paris, to a family of Polish Jewish immigrants; they moved to London in 1934, and she later studied in these twin hometowns, first at the Sorbonne, then in St Johns Wood, finally settling in Hampstead. Her work often reveals her Jewish origins, with paintings of Rabbis, and references to Chagall abounding. Hers is a mystical vision, which sees the world in an enchanted light whilst being firmly rooted in everyday life. She is sometimes regarded as a naïve painter, with her vibrant colours and simplified perspectives; but that is to deny her the wealth of human experience she brings to a painting. Her work has been avidly collected by many, most famously by Charlie Chaplin.

Dora Holzhandler. Lovers with Mimosa

Lovers with Mimosa
Watercolour over pen and ink on paper
signed and dated, titled and annotated 'Benidorm Jan 2001,' with atelier stamp to reverse
30 x 34cm. (sheet)


[006190] Vann, Philip. Dora Holzhandler. London: Lund Humphries, 1997. First Edition. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Original Boards. Signed by Author. As New / As New. ISBN: 0 85331 724 0. signed on the title-page by the author, preface by Julian Spalding, numerous plain and colour illustrations (many full-page), blue boards, pictorial dust-jacket. Beautifully illustrated in-depth monograph on British artist Dora Holzhandler, renowned for her joyous depictions of Jewish life and famously collected by Charlie Chaplin. £20.00

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