Sir John Knewstub Rothenstein, CBE

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John Knewstub Maurice Rothenstein

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Death: February 27, 1992 (90)
London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Rothenstein and Alice Kingsley
Husband of Elizabeth Lady Rothenstein
Father of Private
Brother of Rachel Mary Rothenstein; Bertha Strettell Holiday and Michael (William) Rothenstein

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Sir John Knewstub Rothenstein, CBE

From 1938 to 1964 Sir John Rothenstein was director of the Tate Gallery in London. Rothenstein's directorship — the longest to date — was a period of relative stagnation for the gallery, as there were few major bequests or expansions of the building. The Tate's annual purchase fund could not compete with those of US institutions, so few works of modern foreign art were added to the collection. Rothenstein was publicly dismissive of the influence of the School of Paris, stating that Picasso was overrated and had been a critic of the Vorticists[citation needed]. According to Richard Cork one of Rothenstein's errors was failing to purchase Henri Matisse's The Red Studio when it was offered to the Tate Gallery for a few hundred pounds in 1941. The art historian Douglas Cooper began an open campaign to have Rothenstein dismissed by the trustees; which led to an incident in which Rothenstein punched Cooper in the face. In any context Rothenstein's stewardship and preservation of the collection during the war years was a major accomplishment. The Tate also began to host temporary exhibitions during this period, organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain, including a major retrospective of Picasso.


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Sir John Knewstub Rothenstein, CBE's Timeline

July 11, 1901
London, United Kingdom
February 27, 1992
Age 90
London, United Kingdom