ABOUT THE ARTIST
G.H. ROTHE 1935-2007 was renowned as master of the mezzotint. She combines technical mastery with inspired imagination. Rothe studied in art history, human anatomy, gold smithing and extensive drawing culminated in her discovery of the mezzotint technique. Her years of research and constant practice supplied the perfect medium for her vast repertoire of images.
1935- Born in Poland, and despite growing up amidst a world at war, Rothe’s work in the arduous and difficult medium of Mezzotint symbolizes all the joy and passion of life. After studying painting and art history at Pforzhiem Academy of Design in 1956, Rothe didn’t t produce her first Mezzotint until after moving to New York in 1972. A proven master at the painstaking process of Mezzotint that requires sometimes 500 hours and more to produce a single image Rothe’s work enhances private, public, and corporate collections all over the world. G.H. Rothe was the renowned as master of the mezzotint and as one of the world’s greatest living artists. She combines technical mastery with inspired imagination. She was born in 1935 in Beuthen, Germany (ceded to Poland in 1945) and her studies in art history, human anatomy, goldsmithing and extensive drawing culminated in her discovery of the mezzotint technique.
Impelled to revive this most difficult technique of printmaking led to an invention in 1972 never accomplished before in mezzotint: transparency, and she found it. Her years of research and constant practice supplied the perfect medium for her vast repertoire of images. Ludwig von Siegen, the first mezzotint engraver would have been impressed. He wrote in 1642, “There is no living artist who could guess how this engraving has been executed.” Yet more impressive is G.H. Rothe’s zeal; she completed over 70,000 mezzotints. “I carve my images into copperplates directly with a diamond. Then I pit the surface with a chisel-like tool called a rocker.