Michael Rothenstein (London 1908-1993)
Curve & Curve
Mixed Media: wood, metal, paint
signed on the reverse
Rothenstein studied art at Chelsea Polytechnic and later at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. During the late 1930s, the artist painted mainly Neo-Romantic landscapes and in 1940 he was commissioned to paint topographical watercolors around Sussex. From the mid-1950s Rothenstein almost abandoned painting in preference to printmaking which included linocut as well as etchings. Like his fellow Bardfield artists, his work was figurative but became near-abstract in the 1960s.
Rothenstein became one of the most experimental printmakers in Britain during the 1950s and '60s. He authored several books on art subjects including Looking at Painting (1947) and Frontiers of Printmaking (1966). He taught art for many years at Camberwell School of Art and Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, he also lectured extensively in the United States. Near the end of his life, there was a retrospective of his work at the Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery (1989) and important shows followed at the Fry Art Gallery, Essex (1991 and 1993).