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Description: Harold Rotenberg
(American, 1905-2011)
wharf scene with boats in the harbor
oil on board
signed lower right.

Biography from the archives of AskArt: He was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1905. He began his studies at age 19 in Jerusalem at the Bazalel Academy, which taught students in the tradition of French Post Impressionism.

His return to America in 1926 led him to Cape Ann, where he set up his first studio in Gloucester. During these early years, he studied under Charles Hawthorne and later with W. Lester Stevens. He was accepted on scholarship to the Boston Museum School, where he studied for several years.

He later became an influential teacher of painting at the Boston Museum, where stayed for over ten years. During the 1930s, he headed the Art Department of Hecht House and then taught at the School of Practical Art.

In 1946, he resumed his travels and attended two schools in Paris and one in Vienna. In the early 1960s, he lived and painted exclusively in Paris and moved to Safad, Israel in the late 60s to a studio he was to have for the next 25 years.

He returned to this country in the 1970s, at which time he painted and exhibited in New York.

He currently resides in Florida and continues to paint at age 94. He has also been featured in American Art Review magazine in 2000.

Selected Exhibits include the Provincetown Gallery in Provincetown, the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the Gloucester, Massachusetts Art Association.

Collectors Gallery

Alive and well in 2010, Rotenberg celebrates his 105th birthday on July 12. He was a founding member of the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Mass. in 1921, and is now the oldest member of that organization, having an 88 year membership.

He and his wife spend half their time in New York City and the other half in Israel.

American Art Review (August 2010)
Information provided by Jesse Gayer

Added note:
Mr. Rotenberg died in his sleep April 2, 2011 at his Winter Park, Florida home. He was 105, and until shortly before his passing, his health had been so good that his physicians cleared him to travel once more to Israel.

Information provided by Heide Hennen.
14"H x 18"W (image) 20 1/4"H x 24 1/2"W (frame)

  • Dimensions: 14"H x 18"W (image) 20 1/4"H x 24 1/2"W (frame)
  • Artist Name: Harold Rotenberg
  • Medium: oil on board

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November 7, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Indianapolis, IN, US

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