Michael (William) Rothenstein

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Michael (William) Rothenstein

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 06, 1993 (85)
Stisted, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Rothenstein and Alice Kingsley
Husband of Diana Marcia Rothenstein
Ex-husband of Betty Desmond "Duffy" Ayers
Father of Private and Julian Rothenstein
Brother of Sir John Knewstub Rothenstein, CBE; Rachel Mary Rothenstein and Bertha Strettell Holiday

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Michael (William) Rothenstein

At Great Bardfield there was a small resident art community that included John Aldridge, Edward Bawden and Kenneth Rowntree. In the early 1950s several more artists (including George Chapman, Stanley Clifford-Smith, Audrey Cruddas and Marianne Straub) moved to the village making it one of the most artistically creative spots in Britain. Rothenstein took an important role in organising the Great Bardfield Artists exhibitions during the 1950s. Thanks to his contacts in the art world (his older brother, Sir John Rothenstein, was the current head of the Tate Gallery) these exhibitions became nationally known and attracted thousands of visitors.

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. Although little known as a painter, 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 USA. He illustrated several books including the first UK edition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (1937) and Acquainted with the Night: A Book of Dreams (1949) by Nancy Price.

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Michael (William) Rothenstein's Timeline

March 19, 1908
Hampstead, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
July 6, 1993
Age 85
Stisted, Essex, England, United Kingdom