Doris Zinkeisen 1898-1991


Like many female artists working at the beginning of the twentieth century, Zinkeisen’s work traversed the boundaries between fine, decorative and commercial art. Working very closely with her sister Anna, whom she shared a studio with, Zinkeisen produced poster designs for the likes of Transport for London, painted murals for the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary and was best-known for set, costume and make-up designs for London’s West End shows. Throughout the 20s and 30s, Zinkeisen gained a reputation for her fashionable society portraiture.


Her painted work was eventually to become more serious in content after she was made an official war artist in the Second World War. She was one of the first artists to enter the Belsen camp in April 1945, producing some startling, harrowing images of what she experienced there.



We are actively seeking consignments of work by Doris and Anna Zinkeisen. Please contact us with details or to enquire after available works by this artist.