Born Neuenbürg, Germany
Died The Hague, Netherlands
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 type painting
Medium oil on canvas
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.