Celebrating the Legacy of Abstract Painter Judith Rothschild at Moss Galleries

Moss Galleries is proud to present a retrospective honoring the extraordinary talent and artistic vision of abstract painter Judith Rothschild (1921–1993). Judith Rothschild Retrospective: Six Decades of Color and Abstraction features 21 works by Rothschild; curated by both Elizabeth Moss and an esteemed anonymous abstract curator; including paintings, collages, and works on paper from the 1940s through the 1990s. On view from July 18 to August 14 at Moss Galleries in Portland, Maine, the exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the evolution of this remarkable artist.

Judith Rothschild was a trailblazer in the art world. Her unique style combined strong outlines with bold swaths of color, creating dynamic and visually striking compositions. An abstract painter, her work mediated the ground between abstraction and representation, fusing the two. In the later years of her career, Rothschild delved into relief paintings, employing white foamboard and later painting metal “cutout” forms against colored backgrounds to create depth and texture in her works.

Born in New York City in 1921, Judith Rothschild graduated from Wellesley College in 1943 and studied art at Cranbrook Academy and at the Art Students League with Reginald Marsh, and then with Hans Hofmann in his studio. She also worked at Hayter’s Atelier 17 in 1943. In 1945, she became a member of the Jane Street Gallery, which was New York’s first artist cooperative. In 1946, she was elected to membership of the American Abstract Artists Association and later served as president. Rothschild was an early member of the cooperative Long Point Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with Robert Motherwell.

Judith Rothschild Retrospective: Six Decades of Color and Abstraction is on view from July 18 through August 14 at Moss Galleries in Portland, Maine.

For more information, visit elizabethmossgalleries.com.

Judith Rothschild, “Portrait of a Young Girl” (1959), oil on canvas, 44 x 36 inches

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