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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Dora Holzhandler RIP

The Guardian's obituary of Dora Holzhandler starts in the following way:

'“The beginning of a picture is very important,” said the painter Dora Holzhandler, who has died aged 87. “You have to be in quite a meditative state. It’s magical. When I paint something I’ve seen 50 years ago, it’s the same moment recreated. The moment is the truth.”

Such mystical intimacy characterises her oils of naked lovers embracing in psychedelically patterned rooms; darkly flourishing gouaches of icon-like mothers and children, or rabbis meditating; and free and luminous watercolours of, say, a skateboarding teenager or a woman sweeping a floor. The art critic Sister Wendy Beckett, a close friend in later years, called Dora “an artist with a beautiful secret … that makes all things luminous … a precious gift in this confused and violent world”.'


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