This is a very unusual work of art, consisting of a piece of ivory colored fabric burned at the edges and with the possibility of an abstracted human face from additional scorching; the fabric is affixed to the mounting by four tiny white nylon stitches. Measuring 7 1/2" by 5 1/2" (12 3/4" by 10 1/2" as framed), this is signed in ink at bottom right and dated 1976. The work seems to be somewhat in the tradition of major Italian artist Burri, the "combustion" works of whom bring well into six figures at major auction. I wasn't familiar with Rothman until I researched on the net and found that the artist is evidently a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz who has written, spoken and created relevant artworks in the post-war period. I can't be sure but feel that this "combustion" work could relate to the Holocaust experience. Some oils have reached several thousand dollars at auction, mostly in Sweden. This piece is nicely framed in a burl wood sort of frame (with a little wear on the frame), and it bears a label on reverse from a Lexington Avenue, New York City framing gallery. Allow for reflections in glass at upper right. Note light creasing of fabric at lower left, likely there when the work was created. All in all, it's certainly a most unusual piece. .
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