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date: 24 February 2021

Kalman, Andraslocked

(1919–2007)
  • Philip Vann

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Kalman, Andras (1919–2007), art dealer, was born into a Jewish family in the small town of Mátészalka in north-eastern Hungary on 24 May 1919, the youngest of three sons of Ernest Kalman and his wife, Maria, née Laufer. His father was a prosperous pharmacist, and for a time the children had an English governess. His mother taught him to play tennis, and was encouraging when he proved highly gifted at the game; she, prophetically enough, told him it could prove an extremely useful skill in the future. He later collected nineteenth-century British naïve paintings: one picture—depicting maids on a balcony, ogling newcomers to a market town—reminded him of the often charmingly parochial atmosphere of the ...

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