From Bradford to Benares: William Rothenstein in Context

Relatively little known artists such as William Rothenstein, that do not easily fit in a pattern of evolution of a national school, are great examples for the study of problems that relate to the periphery. In this case, his numerous trips and cultural encounters add to the complexity and fascination.

'The Browning Readers' by William Rothenstein, 1900 ‘The Browning Readers’ by William Rothenstein, 1900

‘The recent memorial exhibition at the Tate Gallery of works by the late Sir William Rothenstein, held five years after his death, poses a problem that can no longer be avoided. Where exactly does Rothenstein stand in the account of English painting of the first quarter of this century?’ (Home Affairs Survey, August 15th 1950)

On March 14th, The Cartwright Hall Gallery in Bradford will hold a one-day symposium dedicated to the life and work of the artist Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), coinciding with the first major exhibition of his work since 1972. The discussion will focus on the question posed above: Where does Rothenstein fit within the narrative/s of late nineteenth and early twentieth century art?

Particular attention will be paid to a series of important cultural encounters that changed the direction of the artist’s life and…

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