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Q: unlisted artist ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: unlisted artist
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: dublint-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 07 Jun 2003 18:17 PDT
Expires: 07 Jul 2003 18:17 PDT
Question ID: 214509
would appreciate biographical information on manrovich, art listed on ebay
Subject: Re: unlisted artist
Answered By: tehuti-ga on 08 Jun 2003 14:52 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello dublint.

The third letter in the surname of the signature is an “i”; you can
see a dot above, although the dot is red and it looks as if the
signature was first done in red  and then overwritten in black (a
worrying sign, perhaps?).  There is a large “Z” in front of the

If the painting is genuine, the artist could be Zvi Mairovich (also
spelled Meirovich).
Mairovich was born in 1911 and died in 1974. He was a founder member
of New Horizons, “[Hebrew: Ofakim Hadashim], an Israeli group of
painters founded in 1948 around Yosseff Zaritsky after his dismissal
from the chairmanship of the Israeli Association of Artists and
Sculptors over his choice of artists for the Venice Biennale in that
year. He and other founder-members such as Arie Aroch, Zvi Mairovich
(1911–74), Yehezkel Streichman and Avigdor Stematsky, who first
exhibited together in November 1948 at the Tel Aviv Museum, wished to
free Israeli art from the Expressionist style and Jewish imagery and
symbolism that it had inherited from the 1920s” 

The picture on ebay is 24 x 15 in, equivalent to 60 x 37.5 cm and is
in oil on canvas.

An  oil on canvas still life by Mairovich, 65 x 81 cm, sold for $4,600 

A view of Haifa, 48x34 cm sold for $ 1840

Another still life of flowers by Mairovich was auctioned for $3,450.00
– note that the style is similar to the painting being auctioned on
It is oil on canvas oil on canvas, 46.5 x 38.5 cm
This web site gives some details of the artist and a further variation
of his name:
“Zvi Meirowitch, Painter. b. 1911, Poland. Immigrated 1934. Studies:
1929-34 Academy, Berlin, with Karl Hoffer. Prize: 1950-51 Dizengoff
Prize. Lived in Haifa ,painting posters for cinemas. 1948 A founder of
the New Horizons Group. Died 1974. (The Israel Museum in Jerusalem Web

This flower still life is signed in English.  This is encouraging.
Some of the previous paintings I found were signed by him in Hebrew.
A larger image is available, which shows the signature.
The signature here looks less joined up than the one in the painting
being auctioned on Ebay.  Also, there is no Z in front of the surname
and the M has more rounded tops, although the h is similar.

This painting also has no Z in front of the surname, and the M again
has more rounded tops, although again the h is similar

I am not an expert on paintings nor on handwriting analysis.  However,
my own inclination in this matter would be to very cautious about
accepting the painting as genuine and to seek some professional advice
if you wish to pursue the matter further.
dublint-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
very much appreciate your in-depth response.  Many thanks, ljk

Subject: Re: unlisted artist
From: knowledge_seeker-ga on 08 Jun 2003 11:51 PDT

Ebay Listing - Manrovich, Still Life of Flowers in Vase

Closeup of the signature --

Notice that the filename is MANEVICH not MONROVICH.

I've checked variations on both with no luck. 

Subject: Re: unlisted artist
From: tehuti-ga on 09 Jun 2003 02:34 PDT
Thank you very much, dublint
Subject: Re: unlisted artist
From: woodeye-ga on 17 Jun 2003 13:21 PDT
As an academically oriented antique art dealer, I'm very impressed
with the research on this question. I hope to use you soon.

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