[Ogden]: (c.1950). Oil on board [61 cm x 77 cm] in a nice custom frame [69 cm x 85 cm] signed at the foot near the center in red. Item #1748
Bright painting from the notoriously reclusive artist. Image depicts a bar scene showing a sailor, woman and a bald man laughing and smiling. The sailor is likely a reference to the time Rosenbaum spent in Guadalcanal during World War II.
David Howell Rosenbaum (1908-1982) was born in Brigham City and was part of the Logan group of artists who studied with Calvin Fletcher at the Utah State Agriculture College (USU) in 1931. During the Great Depression, he worked for the WPA Federal Art Project, painting many of his best-known works. In 1938, Rosenbaum moved to New York City to attend the Art Students League. Rosenbaum joined the navy at the start of the United States involvement in World War II. During his service in the South Pacific at Guadalcanal, he drew many scenes and made several small watercolor paintings. He arrived home again sometime after the war, and was a staunch recluse from that time on. He died in Ogden over thirty years later, without saying too much more to anybody connected with his earlier years as one of our most gifted painters.
Rosenbaum was one of the earliest expressionist artists in Utah, and he painted some of the state's most dynamic landscapes. Using bold brushwork and thoughtful compositions, Rosenbaum created rich and vivid paintings.