Meta Cohen Hendel was apainter and printmaker, and studied painting and graphic arts at Berlin and Paris academies. She continued her studies at the Académie Moderne in Paris studying with Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant. In 1936, Hendel left Germany and lived for brief periods in Florence, Italy and Surrey, England, before emigrating to the United States in 1941. She lived for a time in New York but eventually settled in San Francisco establishing her studio on Buena Vista Hill. Hendel developed a unique technique of color woodengraving in the 1920s, and she started her own business of reproducing modern masters in color woodengraving. She produced works after Klee, Léger, Picasso, and Rouault.