William Michael Rothenstein RA (1908 – 1993) British
Michael Rothenstein was an English printmaker, painter and art teacher. His Father was the famous painter Sir William Rothenstein and his brother was the art historian Sir John Rothenstein who would go on to become the Director of the Tate gallery. Michael definitely shared strong Art genetics.
From the mid-1950s Rothenstein almost abandoned painting in preference to printmaking which included linocut as well as etchings. Like his fellow Bardfield artists his work was figurative but became near abstract in the 1960s. Although little known as a painter, Rothenstein became one of the most experimental printmakers in Britain during the 1950s and '60s. He authored several books on art subjects including Looking at Painting (1947) and Frontiers of Printmaking (1966). He taught art for many years at Camberwell School of Art and Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, he also lectured extensively in the USA. His work is included in several public collections including the Tate Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and the Fry Art Gallery (Saffron Walden).