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Judith Rothchild

Judith Rothchild

Judith Rothschild Born on September 4 1921 in New York. 1943 Graduates from Wellesley College.1943–1944 Studies with Hans Hofmann in New York.1945 Works at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 where she meets other artists working there, including Anne Ryan, Alexander Calder, Jacques Lipchitz. 1946 Second prize at annual exhibition, Institute of Modern Art, Boston 1987 Makes plans for Judith Rothschild Foundation in June 1993 Dies on March 6 after suffering a stroke was a renowned art collector and abstract painter. She preferred the formal rigor and flatness of Cubism to the dynamism of Abstract Expressionism and the unsettled perspective of Surrealism. An associate of Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Calder, and Anne Ryan, Rothschild was heavily influenced by the dramatic colors of the coastal California landscape. She mixed strong outlines with bold swaths of color, evoking a range of light effects in her works. In the final 20 years of her life, Rothschild created a series of relief paintings, setting white foam cutouts against colored backgrounds. These reliefs and the subsequent “Gothic” series—which features aluminum instead of foam—combine the figural qualities of Henri Matisse’s paper cutouts with the disembodied space of Mondrian’s paintings, juxtaposing sensual colors against rigid formal structures.

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