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Judith Rothschild : an artist's search
Flam, Jack D.
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New York : Hudson Hills Press, 1998.
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168 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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ND237.R7254 F63 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This lavishly illustrated monograph accompanied a retrospective exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum

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Booklist Review

Art historian Flam knew Rothschild (1921^-93) and yet was surprised at what he discovered over the course of his research for this monograph. He hadn't realized how intrigued she was with a "color-music analogy" or the extent to which poetry inspired her paintings. He was also unaware of Rothschild's persistent questioning of the validity of abstraction versus figuration. Her work looks abstract, but in truth her organic and animated compositions curve to the contours of land, sea, and the human body. Her life story is the same--it seems straightforward enough, but Flam's respectful account reveals a great divide between her early success as a painter in New York City and her 20-year exile in California with a domineering husband, followed by divorce and then an artistic renaissance upon her return to New York. Rothschild's oeuvre is richly reproduced, and Flam, well versed in the work of three artists with strong ties to her aesthetic--Matisse, Motherwell, and Diebenkorn--is keenly sensitive to the forces that fueled Rothschild's irrepressible creativity. --Donna Seaman

Choice Review

Serving as the catalog for a retrospective exhibition of the work of Rothschild (1921-93), first held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and then at the Phillips Collection, Flam's important study of this relatively and undeservedly little known US painter is most welcome. Art historian and critic Flam, who brings to bear on this study his publications on artists such as Matisse, Motherwell, and Diebenkorn, not only knew Rothschild but had access to her personal papers; both contacts enrich his detailed consideration of her life and art. Exhibiting first in 1945 as an abstract expressionist, family obligations led to a 15-year hiatus in her work, which, once again, flowered in 1970. Seven chronologically arranged chapters are bracketed by a personal introduction and a section of detailed, unobtrusive endnotes, followed by 48 full-page color reproductions of her beautiful and stimulating paintings as well as a detailed chronology with selected exhibitions; selected museum and corporate collections; selected bibliography; and excellent index. Well produced and reasonably priced, this book is recommended for all collections of modern art and American studies. J. Weidman; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art