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Alfred Cohen

Although his professed heroes were Rembrandt and Picasso, the resolutely representational work of the London-based American artist Alfred Cohen, owed most to French post-Impressionist masters like Bonnard, Dufy and Rouault, to the roving expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, and to artists of the Jewish diaspora, such as Chagall and Soutine.

A devoted Europhile, who spent the second half of his life in England, Cohen was a brilliant colourist and deft draughtsman. In London from 1960, he had sellout exhibitions with the Brook Street Gallery, and later with Roland, Browse and Delbanco. Besides reworking the subjects of the commedia dell’ arte , he…

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