Self Portrait in Army Steel Helmet
- Art Funded
- 24.1 x 19.1 cm
- Private collection
This is an important work both in the context of RosenbergÂ’s artistic oeuvre and in view of its biographical context. Encased in steel helmet and tightly buttoned military uniform, RosenbergÂ’s haggard face stares out at the viewer: a mere Â‘outer semblance of himselfÂ’. Once he left for the Front, Rosenberg found little opportunity for painting or drawing, and this work, executed in situ in the horrific atmosphere of Somme trench warfare, has a particular poignancy. Although the Ben Uri Gallery has strong links to the local Whitechapel artists, this is the first work directly derived from the experience of the trenches to enter the collection.
Patric Dickinson; private collection, 2007; private collection, 2008.