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SELMA KOSS HOLTZ

HOLTZ, Selma Koss Of Newton, passed away September 9, 2009 at her home. She was 78. Noted appraiser and dealer in American Art, Mrs. Holtz was known for her passionate study of American artists working in the late 19th and 20th centuries and for her prescient eye collecting their works. Her work of this era was focused on showcasing the important contributions made by New England’s many great artists to the American Art movement in that period. Her research of American Art, which she began in the 1950s and pursued daily among her voluminous stacks of journals, catalogue raisonn’s, books, sales catalogues and reports, and clippings, was a passion which yielded an encyclopedic knowledge and made her a sought after resource for appraisals and provenances in the latter regard, sometimes to prove authenticity, or sometimes to frame a particular artwork in an interesting historical anecdote. Along the way, Selma Koss Holtz amassed an important collection of artworks with a strong bent toward her love for American Impressionist paintings. The Selma Koss Holtz collection includes works by famous New England artists who contributed significantly to the American art movement in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Important works in her collection, often loaned to area museums, included paintings by John Joseph Enneking, John Marin, N.C. Wyeth, William Bradford, Dennis Bunker, Lilla Cabot Perry, Charles Woodbury; bronzes by Augustus St. Gaudens, Jo Davidson, and Kahlil Gibran; and etchings by Howard Pyle and Rockwell Kent, among others. Mrs. Holtz was also a giving benefactor to regional museums donating to New. Selma Holtz was a graduate of Bates She was born and raised in Auburn, Maine, and she continued to visit and summer in Maine with her family who adopted her love for her home state. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Koss and Reba Barr Koss. She was the beloved mother of Jane Holtz and Herbert L. Holtz and his wife, the Honorable Nancy Staffier Holtz. She was the loving and proud grandmother of Hunter and Harry Holtz. Loving sister of Herbert and Edward Koss. and dear and wonderful inspiration to many friends and family. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Holtz home at 16 Cordis Street, Charlestown on Sunday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A memorial celebration of Selma’s life is to be held at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, her family would welcome contributions in Selma Koss Holtz’s name made to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit, ME 030907.



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