Isaac Rosenberg


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Status, price and estimation of the artist Isaac Rosenberg

Price of a painting: 9,000 – 151,800 €.

Estimate for a drawing: €8,000 – €95,000

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Isaac Rosenberg’s training

Isaac Rosenberg was an English poet and artist who was born on 25 November 1890 in Bristol and died on the front at Fampoux in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais on 1 April 1918. His parents, Jewish Lithuanians, emigrated to England a few years before he was born.

Isaac’s first artistic education came in 1902, when he attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Stepney Green, a district of London. It was there that he was discovered to have a talent for drawing and writing, which his headmaster strongly encouraged. His parents could no longer afford the school, so he began an apprenticeship with the engraver Carl Hentschel in January 1905.

The young boy was also interested in poetry and visual art. In 1907 he attended evening classes in painting and drawing at Birkbeck College. In 1911 he was suddenly dismissed from Hentschel’s studio, but following a chance meeting at the National Gallery where he met a group of wealthy Jewish women, one of them, Mrs Herbert Cohen, offered to pay for him to attend art school. In the autumn, he joined the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London, where he worked with young artists such as the painter David Bomberg and the painter and decorator Dora Carrington.

Isaac Rosenberg, the artist poet

In 1912, he was introduced to Edward Marsh, a patron and publisher. That year, Isaac published a collection of ten poems entitled “Night and Day”. At the same time, he exhibited his work at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Due to chronic bronchitis, Isaac Rosenberg decided to move to South Africa because of its warm climate and joined his sister in January 1914 who had been living there for some years. In March 1915 he returned to England and published another book of poems entitled ‘Youth’.

Unable to find a stable job, the painter decided to enlist in the army, more for financial reasons than out of pure patriotism. He arrived to fight on the Western Front in France on 3 June 1916 after publishing his third and last book of poems, “Moses”. Isaac did not stop writing and composed poems that are true testimonies such as “Pause du jour dans les tranchées” or “Nous revenons entendre les alouettes”. At the end of that year, Poetry Magazine published some of his poems.

Isaac Rosenberg and the war

The First World War was a nightmare for Isaac Rosenberg and writing enabled him to alleviate his thoughts and anguish. His poems are marked by a certain apocalyptic tone, even if it seems detached.

In 1937, all his poems, drawings and letters were collected in one volume. His self-portraits are now in the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain.

Recognising Isaac Rosenberg’s signature

Like many artists, Isaac Rosenberg did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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