LILIAN HOLTBritish 1898 - 1983


LILIAN HOLTBritish 1898 - 1983

Holt became Bomberg’s second wife after the dissolution of his first marriage in 1927. Although a trained and accomplished artist in her own right, her talents lay largely undiscovered as she diverted much of her time and energy into supporting her husband. She did however become a very active member of the Borough Group participating at many of the Group’s early exhibitions. Her best oils show a kinship to Bomberg’s more lyrical post-war landscapes from Devon, Cornwall and Cyprus. The same warm colours can be found in her depictions of the Atlas Mountains, painted after Bomberg’s death, although the structure of the landscape is less pronounced.

Lilian, together with her daughter (and Bomberg’s step-daughter) Dinora Mendelson, has done much to preserve Bomberg’s legacy. Mendelson was also a gifted artist and participant in the Borough Group shows. She was at the time married to Leslie Marr until 1950.