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'Crossing the Threshold: The Jewish and Yorkshire Identities of William Rothenstein/ Talk by Samuel Shaw

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Sir William Rothenstein in 1890

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013

Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 17:30 - 18:30

Cost: Free

Samuel Shaw's fascinating talk will focus on the two identities of Bradford's Sir William Rothenstein, one of the most eminent twentieth-century Jewish artists in England.

Using works featured in the exhibition, 'Jewish Artists in Yorkshire', this talk will explore the career of the influential British artist Sir William Rothenstein, who grew up in the large German-Jewish community based in nineteenth-century Bradford.

Though Rothenstein spent most of his career in London, he returned to Yorkshire frequently, and remained an important figure amongst Yorkshire-based artists, from Jacob Kramer to Henry Moore. He had, however, a complex relationship with his roots - one which extended to his Jewish identity.

Despite his liberal beliefs, which distanced him from many London-based Jews, between 1902 and 1908 he painted  a series of works in the Jewish East End that would confirm him as one of the most important Anglo-Jewish artists of the period.

Free, all welcome.
No booking necessary.