Arthur S. Rothenberg, 95, died on Monday night, (June 17, 2013) at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. Born in 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, he lived in West Hempstead, New York, for many years. He retired to South Egremont, Massachusetts, in 1990, and more recently to West Hartford, Connecticut, to be closer to family. In the 1930s, he studied at the Art Institute and the Bauhaus in Chicago. During World War II, in England, he helped to map the invasion of Normandy, after which he was appointed Combat Artist in the Eighth Air Force by General Curtis LeMay. His paintings are now in the archives of the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. After the war, he was an art director in New York City. A prolific artist, he had his first one-man show in Manhattan in 1949. His work was shown at the Brooklyn Society of Artists, Brooklyn Museum; Long Island Artists Exhibition, Hofstra University; National Audubon Society; the Art Directors Club of New York; and in a one-man show at Hofstra University. His tile painting “The Lobsterman” won ‘Best in Show’ at the 1973 Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY) Artists Members Exhibition and he was awarded a one-man show there in 1974. In 2003, a retrospective exhibition at Bard College at Simon’s Rock showed the great variety of his artistic production: oils of the mountains of Vermont; luminous tile paintings of working people around the world; and most recently, despite failing vision, bright, colorful watercolors of circus performers. An avid sailor for many years, he was a charter member and Commodore of the Hempstead Bay Sailing Club and one of the founders of the East Hampton Yacht Club. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Enid Weitz Rothenberg; daughter Marna and Jerry Sag of North Wales and Lansdale, PA; son Eric Rothenberg of Needham, MA; son Dan Rothenberg and his wife Kathy Andrews of W. Hartford, CT; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were private.