Artist favoured by celebri­ties dies

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

ARTIST DORA Holzhan­dler, who has died at the age of 87, was a favourite of celebri­ties at­tracted to her naive paint­ing style.

Her ad­mir­ers in­cluded the late Char­lie Chap­lin, whose por­trait she painted, as well as ac­tress Mau­reen Lip­man and the co­me­dian Jack Dee, both of whom opened ex­hi­bi­tions for her dur­ing her ca­reer.

Ms Holzhan­dler died at her home in Lon­don last week “sur­rounded by her fam­ily”, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

She was born in Paris in 1928 to Pol­ish-Jewish par­ents. Her grand­fa­ther was killed in Auschwitz and her fam­ily fled Poland to set­tle in east Lon­don.

A self-de­clared “Jew-Bu”, she drew in­spi­ra­tion from her Jewish life and her con­ver­sion to Bud­dhism.

A spokesper­son for the fam­ily said: “She was a feisty woman who was ahead of her time… she forged a highly suc­cess­ful ca­reer among a mid-cen­tury male-dom­i­nated art world, stick­ing res­o­lutely to her dis­tinc­tive style.

“Above all, her de­vo­tion to her role as wife, mother and grand­mother shone con­tin­u­ously through her sub­ject mat­ter.”

Art writer Ju­lia Weiner said her work was hugely pop­u­lar with the An­glo-Jewish com­mu­nity for its nos­tal­gic por­trayal of Jewish life in an age be­fore tech­nol­ogy.

She added that she was well known for her de­pic­tions of fes­ti­vals and Jewish life-cy­cle events. Dora Holzhan­dler had a dis­tinc­tive naive style

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