Michael Rothenstein
1908 - 1993

With a distinguished artistic background (his father was Sir William Rothenstein, and his brother became Director of the Tate Gallery) Rothenstein's work up until the late 1950s often had neo-romantic influences, and farm machinery with cockerels was a constant theme throughout his life. In the fifties he worked with William Hayter in Paris, and returned with a different style, becoming the most avant garde of the artists living in Bardfield, and the most determined to work on the international scene. His innovative contribution is in printmaking. He used a variety of objects - metal, plaster, fabric - anything that could be coated in ink, and from this went on to introduce an early interplay of photographic images in prints.