Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Charlotte

Artist information

Name Julius Rosenbaum (1897-1956)

Born Neuenbürg, Germany

Died The Hague, Netherlands

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Rosenbaum studied in Berlin under Lovis Corinth, served with the German army during the First World War, then worked as a cartoonist for newspapers including 'ULK', marrying fellow artist Adèle Reifenberg in 1930. When banned from painting under the Nazi regime, he taught crafts at Jewish boys’ schools. After immigration, Rosenbaum repaired Blitz-damaged houses, and worked as a china restorer, before the couple established an art school (their students exhibiting as ‘The Belsize Group’). He died in Holland, on a visit to see a Rembrandt exhibition, and was buried in England.

Object Details

Date 1945

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 80 x 52 cm

Framed 89 x 62 cm

Signed signed, bottom left: Julius Rosenbaum

Acquisition gift from Dr. Alec Lerner and Lord Marks 1950

Accession number 1987-341

Display status On display in 'Refugees: The Lives of Others' until 4 June 2017

The sitter, Charlotte Melnikov (née Nissen), wife of Russian-born sculptor, Avram Melnikov, was also a painter and exhibited with Ben Uri in 1948. Julius Rosenbaum's wife Adele Reifenberg also painted Charlotte, probably in the same sitting, and both portraits were exhibited at Ben Uri in 1950.


painting | portrait

Selected exhibition history

1950 Paintings, Drawings etc., by Julius Rosenbaum 1903-1949, Adele Reifenberg 1915-1949, Ruth Collect Recent Work, Ben Uri Art Gallery

1957 Julius Rosenbaum 1879-1956 Memorial Exhibition

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