Michael Rothenstein
Jags 1973

Artwork details

Michael Rothenstein 1908–1993
From Violence
Date 1973
Medium Woodcut and photo-screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 748 x 505 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975
Not on display

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Michael Rothenstein was the son of the painter Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), and brother of Sir John, a former Director of the Tate Gallery. He was one of Britain's leading printmakers. After taking up printmaking in 1948 he subsequently worked in all the main techniques. As 'Jags' demonstrates, one of his innovations was to make relief prints from found wooden objects. Here Rothenstein used a section of wooden crate to print the main body of the image. He set a photograph of a car-transporter 'in the gap between the teeth'. Rothenstein's intention was to make a statement about the 'violently broken wood' and the violence which the car does 'to the countryside'.

September 2004

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