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This work by Rothenstein is typical from period it was made. Its clear that Michael has a background in figurative art and printmaking. Most likely he was inspired making a mal for another work. The smooth lines of the metal is sunk into the wood as it was always there. It has a tranquility and balance over it that inspires. Another piece of art made from wood made in 1963 'In Between' is in the Tate.
Signed and titled on the reverse Rothenstein Curve & Curve
Executed around 1960
Mixed Media: wood, metal, paint
Image size (79 x 96 cm)
Exhibited: Royal Academy 1979
Rothenstein (London 1908-1993) 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).
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