Waterfront. c. 1930. Waterfront. Etching. 3 1/8 x 16 3/4 (sheet 6 3/4 x 18 7/8). Edition 250, #42. Printed for Associated American Artists. A rich impression with plate tone. Signed in pencil. $275.
Herman Rose was the professional pseudonym of Herman Rappaport, a painter and printmaker best known for his etching and lithography. He was particularly admired for his cityscapes, inspired by the view from his home on 74th Street.
Herman Rappaport, who began using the name Rose when he had his first solo exhibition in 1946, studied at the National Academy of Design in 1926 and was trained as a draftsman by his brother, Abraham. From 1934 to 1939 he worked as an assistant to Arshile Gorky in the Works Progress Administration’s Murals Division. At other times he supported himself as a professional draftsman.
After he was included in a 1952 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called “15 Americans,” which also presented works by Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko, he was able to live mainly on sales of his paintings.
Mr. Rose had his first one-person exhibition at the Charles Egan Gallery in New York. Over the next 40 years he had 20 more solo exhibitions, including shows at ACA Gallery, Zabriskie Gallery and Fischbach Gallery, where he had his last exhibition in 1986.
Mr. Rose taught at Brooklyn College from 1949 to 1951. Later he taught at Hofstra University, the Pratt Institute, Queens College and, from 1963 to 1990, the New School for Social Research.
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