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 Rose A. Jacobson  (1891 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: portrait, figure, building, landscape

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BIOGRAPHY for Rose Jacobson
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1891 (New York City)
 
Death
1987

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New York

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Rose A. Jacobson was a native of the Bronx.  She received her art education at The American Artist School located at 131 West 14th Street, New York City.  The school was somewhat obscure compared to other notable establisments, but considered to be very innovative for the times.  The institution was associated with Socialism and The American Radical Movement.  It was a progressive and independent association that opened in February 1936.  During the first year it was under the dirrectorship of Harry Gottlieb (1895-1993).  The board of directors consisted of a group of noted off beat recognized Americans,  including William Gropper, Margaret Bourke White, Adolph Dehn, Stuart Davis, Philip Evergood, Paul Manship and others.

One of her earliest professional exhibits took place at that school in 1940.  At this point she had mastered the ability to work in a related series. She was adept at fusing subject, color, continuity and design.  This important school that encouraged young American artists to paint creatively closed in 1941 as a result of financial difficulties.  Jacobson was persistant, she expressed herself in her own unique manner. Unlike many of her peers she avoided the field of commercial art as means of livelihood.

She exhibited at the prestigious ACA Gallery West 20th St. in 1946. Each time she participated in a gallery exhibit, her work garnered attention.  She was singled out among her peers as creative, unique and spontaneous.  Jacobson received positive comments from The New York Times critics.  After viewing her production at the ACA Gallery. The Times made mention that " Her works would arrest attention.”

In 1955 she was featured in a solo show at Barzinsky’s Gallery in New York City.  Her work was reviewed by Art News and Art Magazine.  Each critic had praised her "harmounioul unity of liniar silhouette."  They were impressed with her " vibrating intensity."  She was cited as a” sharp draftsman “(The New York Times March 9, 1957.)

She paints in a bold expressive style that is unique and immediately recognizable.  Earlier in her career the artist spent time working in Rockport Mass.  During the formative years many of these works portrayed typical Rockport landmarks.  In the Depression Years she produced drawings and paintings that reflect the influences of The School of Social Realism.  She also experimented with variety of rural landscapes.  She concentrated on diverse views of the Catskills.  She took advantage of the untamed ruggedness of the surrounding areas. Some themes and depictions reflect the raw power imbued by the works of The Canadian Aboriginals.

 She later returned to the Bronx with the intent to further her professional career. .Jacobson was very active in New York during the Fifties.  Her works were painted in a varity of media that inclued cassin, oils and gouaches.  Her completed works were featured and successfully exhibited in many notable galleries during this trying period.  Her creative output won acceptance, and  she received excellent commentaries from
 various critics.  Her works were cited by such highly respected trusted sources as The New York Times, Art News , Art Magazine.  "She succeds in making personal statement with an inner solidity of design." (Arts 3..57 Margaret Breuning ).

She exhibited at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1955.  Rose Jacobsons works have been lauded by critics, dealers and collectors alike.  After this period knowlege of her life along wth her activities in the art world have become obscure.

Jim Kieley Researcher Woodbury, Ct. January 16, 2007


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