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Dora Gordine
(1895 — 1991)

Dora Gordine’s childhood is not well documented, although it is known that the artist was born in Latvia before moving to Paris, France to study music and art. It was here that she developed a passion for the synthesis between sculpture and art. She gained notice in 1925 with a large mural painted for the British Pavilion at the Decorative Arts Exhibition. The following year, Gordine was invited to exhibit at the Salon des Tuileries which furthered her already impressive reputation. In 1928, Gordine participated in a solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London during which her work was purchased by Samuel Courtauld on behalf of the Tate Gallery. Gordine’s work was exhibited internationally in such places as the City Hall of Singapore. The Straits Times wrote in 1932, “like Byron, one morning Dora Gordine woke up famous.” Her work remains in the collections of the Royal Marsden Hospital and of Kingston University, among many other private collections.