Summer Breezes No. 1 (Sleeper). c.1931. Lithograph. 13 7/8 x 9 3/4 (sheet 15 7/8 x 11 1/4). Edition 40, # 1. Hinge stains in the margins, well outside the image. A rich, tonal impression printed on 'France' wove paper. Provenance: Midtown Galleries . An unusual self portrait. Signed and titled in pencil. $1,500.
Rosenthal was born in Riverside, California, in 1889 into a prosperous Jewish family and raised on a ranch. Rosenthal launched her career as an artist in Los Angeles in the 1910s, when progressive trends were emerging in southern California art. Rosenthal was close to Helena Dunlap, the pioneer Los Angeles modernist and founder in 1916 of the Los Angeles Modern Art Society, one of the first modernist groups to form in the region.
Rosenthal and Dunlap traveled to Taos, New Mexico in 1917. There, they briefly resided and exhibited alongside the leading American painters George Bellows, Robert Henri and others in the inaugural exhibition in Santa Fe’s new Fine Arts Museum. Rosenthal exhibited in the California Art Club spring exhibitions at the Los Angeles Museum in 1917 and 1919, showing Indian Women of Taos in 1917.
Rosenthal went to New York to study at the Art Students League with Bellows and John Sloan in 1917-1918, and attended classes in the studio of George Luks. In 1920, she worked as a commercial designer of silks in order to fund a trip to Europe.
Rosenthal studied first at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, and then went on a sketching trip to Berlin, Rome, and Munich, staying throughout 1921 and 1922. Following her European tour, she married Charles “Jack” Charash, a press agent, theatrical manager, dramatist, and co-founder of the Anglo-Jewish Theatre, a unit of the WPA Federal Theatre Project.
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