An American Ashcan School Social realist, Rosenson was a very early proponent of social realism and enjoyed documenting the everyday lives of urban Americans living in the New York area in the 1920's and 1930's. The present lot was executed and printed in the 1920's. Rosenson's lost estate has recently surfaced, and her material is being sought after by knowledgeable collectors and dealers interested in non-traditional subject matter of Americans in the early part of the 20th century. There is a naive charm to Rosenson's work that is unmistakably rooted in an almost anthropological approach to printmaking. See other auctions for more fine work of this newly re-discovered artist.
Annotated by Rosenson on reverse.
Some biographical notes: National Academy of Design-Exhibited National Arts Club member National Association Women Artists-Exhibit Salons of America member Art Students League of New York-Student National Association of Women Artists Salons of America member Student of George Luks Important ASHCAN SCHOOL ARTIST .
SIZE: image is approx. 8 by 10 inches. With margins 10.5 by 12.5 inches. On watermarked J WHATMAN'S paper. Sold unframed.
CONDITION: Very Good. We were reluctant to list this print because it has minor flaws: right extreme corner off, a small tear lower left margin, paper dog eared at top right. However, NONE OF THIS WILL SHOW AFTER THE PRINT IS MATTED AND FRAMED.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Rosenson was a talent but not prolific printmaker. After going through her estate, we found some notes that indicated only ten impressions of some prints were actually pulled. This is a dark rich impression of this image. These were obviously the examples Rosenson used to show and sell her work.