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 Bernard Rosenquit  (1923 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: mod figure, abstraction, woodcuts

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted May 2005, is from Pauline Seener and Vivian Hecht, whose sources are listed below.

Bernard Rosenquit was born in Romania in l923, and grew up in New York City and studied in France at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts and the Institute of Art and Archaeology at the Sorbonne. He also studied in New York at the Brooklyn Museum School of Fine Art, the Art Students League and Atelier 17.

Rosenquit utilized themes from past experiences-often from memory. Sometimes themes were influenced by Greek mythology. His dream-like imagery utilizes history and theater,as well. The works are poetic-sometimes they are imbued with touches of ironic humor.

His media were oil, gouache, collage,woodcut,etching and monotype. Sometimes he combined media. For example, collage combined with monotype and gouache.
"Rosenquits' work is exciting in that it is psychologically dramatic at the same time as it is compositionally strict, modest, simplistic.

He displays considerate courage, I feel, in remaining a non-Non Objectivist on the art scene of today, while quite capable of turning his craft towards abstract when he feels like it.' (May Swenson 1961)

After being awarded a Mrs. John Rockefeller lll Scholarship to study etching with Peter Grippe at the Atelier 17,N.Y., he steadily utilized this medium. He also developed a large body of work in woodcuts after being awarded a scholarship to study woodcut printmaking with Edmond Casarella at the Brooklyn Museum School of Fine Art, New York.

During his career he received several grants and awards including a Fulbright Grant for painting in Paris, France, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant for print making, and Honorable Mention at the Small Works Competition at 80 Washington Square East Galleries,N.Y., a Purchase Award from the San Diego Print Club Original Print Competition and a Merit Award at the Third Annual Competition of the Dr. Leibovitz Art Awards program in New York.

His work was widely exhibited throughout his career. He had a number of one-person shows at the Roko Gallery in New York City and exhibited in many museum and galleries such as the Museum of Modern Art, N. Y. the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Mass., the U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C. and the Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania.

His work is part of the permanent collections in nuimerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Reba and Dave Williams Print Research Foundation.

Rosenquit was a lifetime member of the Art Students League and a member of the New York Artist Equity Association.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Whitney Museum, New York.
Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art,New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
University of Kansas Museum, Kansas
Dallas Art Association, Texas
Peabody College Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
New York Public Library Print Collection, New York
Library of Congress, Washington. D.C.
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego,.California

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