Kaethe Hoeltzell was born November 24, 1925 in Riga, Latvia, and is the daughter of the lithographer and painter Julius Dering.
Fleeing the Russian invasion of Latvia during the 1940s, Kaethe Dering and her family moved to Leipzig, Germany, where she completed her formal art training at the Graphic Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating, Kaethe continued her studies privately under Adolph Drescher and Dorfell Rothchild. During World War II, Kaethe was commissioned as an illustrator for the American Red Cross.
Primarily a portraitist, Kaethe's preferred medium was pastel. This work was reminiscent of the graceful elegance of 18th-century French portraiture. Settling in Bad Mergentheim, Kaethe met and married her husban
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