TEL AVIV.- Angelica Schatz is the "lost daughter" of Professor Boris Schatz, founder of "Bezalel" School of Art in Jerusalem . She was born in Sofia , Bulgaria , in 1897, to Boris and his first wife Zhenya, who had been trying to conceive for 8 years; her father was delighted. Several years later, Boris discovered an 18-year-old country boy, Andrei Nikolov, a greatly talented woodcarver. He brought him home to Sofia and taught him sculpture. Zhenya Schatz fell in love with Andrei, and in 1903 left her husband and travelled to Paris with her lover, who was to become Bulgaria 's "national sculptor." She took the 6-year-old girl with her, cutting her off from her stunned and heartbroken father. In 1906, Boris Schatz immigrated to Eretz-Israel and founded the Bezalel School of Arts & Crafts.
Further information about Angelica has only recently been uncovered, when works of art comprising her estate were discovered in a loft in Yavne , Israel . She had been married three times, studied painting, lived in Paris, Berlin and Sofia, and immigrated to Eretz-Israel in January 1948 with her only son, Vladimir-Ze'ev, who was Boris Schatz's only grandchild (Schatz's children, Bezalel and Zahara, from his second wife, Olga, were childless). Angelica lived in 54 Basel Street , Tel Aviv (where the Egyptian Embassy is now located) for 25 years, where she painted and sculpted. Her son was schizophrenic, and committed suicide in 1953, aged 30.
Angelica died in 1975, aged 78, and is buried in Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv, alongside her son and her third husband, in the family burial plot she designed. Most of her paintings are in Israel and have recently been restored by the Museum's Restoration Department; some, however, remain in Sofia and Prague . Throughout her life in Israel , Angelica was ignored by and totally alienated from Olga Schatz (Boris' second wife and widow) and her two artist children. Nor did her father, Boris, bequeath her anything, as opposed to his reference to his two other children.
The exhibition unfolds for the first time Angelica's tragic and tormented character, her oeuvre and her surprising correspondence, only recently discovered in the Central Zionist Archive, with her father, regarded as the father of Israeli art. The exhibition and its accompanying book also reveal Professor Schatz's surprising will, suppressed for over 80 years.