Arthur Rothenberg

American 🇺🇸 1918 - 2013

Arthur S. Rothenberg, born in Brooklyn in 1918, was a multifaceted American artist whose legacy spans painting, combat art, and ceramic painting. His artistic journey, rooted in the 1930s at the Art Institute and the Bauhaus in Chicago, took a pivotal turn during World War II. As a Combat Artist for the Eighth Air Force, stationed in England, Rothenberg documented the war’s intensity, contributing significantly to the archives of the Pentagon. Post-war, his career flourished in New York City’s art scene, culminating in numerous exhibitions and awards, including the ‘Best in Show’ for “The Lobsterman” in 1973.

After the end of World War II, Rothenberg helped restore damaged stained glass in English churches. Rothenberg's wartime paintings, particularly those capturing the invasion of Normandy's preparations, are enshrined in the Pentagon, serving as a historical testament to his artistic and observational prowess during critical moments of the 20th century. His versatility as an artist is evident from his successful transition from combat art to vibrant tile paintings and watercolors, showcasing his adaptability and dedication to art throughout his life. Beyond his artistic achievements, Rothenberg was deeply connected to the sea, contributing to the maritime community as a Commodore of the Hempstead Bay Sailing Club and a founding member of the East Hampton Yacht Club, reflecting his multifaceted interests and talents.