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© The Estate of Michael Rothenstein. All rights reserved 2011/Bridgeman Art Library. Purchased, 1978. Museums Sheffield
Date Made/Found: 1946
Artist: Michael Rothenstein , British, 1908 - 1993
Material and Medium: watercolour and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 540 x 717 x 30mm Sight size: 376 x 556mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.4438
During the war, Michael Rothenstein was involved in a scheme led by Kenneth Clark employing artists on the home front. Named ‘Recording Britain’, the project documented a time of intense change to the country. In the early and mid-1940s, Rothenstein made a number of images of rural sites including Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Essex and Gloucestershire. The drawings use metaphors or symbols from the natural world to suggest the devastating effects of the war. This drawing, like others from this time, focuses closely on the foreground of the composition which is dominated by a heap of dead or dying sunflowers.
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