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
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
(191174), 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.