Dora Holzhandler, French-born British painter, Died at 87

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Dora Holzhandler was born on March 1928, and died on October 8, 2015.

Dora was a French-born British painter based in London.

She was born to Jewish-Polish parents in Paris, France, and came to live in London when she was six years old.

Dora painted in the naive style, influenced by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.

Her work often incorporates repeated iconography, mystical and religious symbolism influenced by her personal beliefs.

Dora was discovered by artist Victor Pasmore in 1947 and had her first exhibition in 1954.

Her paintings are on display in the Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow and the Jewish Museum London.

Dora befriended violinist Nigel Kennedy in 2012 after inviting him to a gallery private view, later painting his portrait.

She lived in London with her husband George Swinford, whom she married in 1950 after meeting at London’s Anglo-French Art Centre.

Dora developed a dual belief in the Jewish and Buddhist faiths.

Dora passed away at 87 on October 8, 2015 at the age of 87.

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