Wheel of Fortune
20 x 30 in.
Throughout her artistic career, Judith Rothschild was deeply influenced by European modernism exemplified in the work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Joan Mir From these artists, Rothschild learned to explore the power of form and its ability to evoke emotion or ideas. Wheel of Fortune represents a bridge between her earlier, more formally rigid works, and the relief paintings she started doing in the early 1970s. These later works were characterized by a freer line, starker composition, and collaged foam board and aluminum. Here, Rothschilds renewed interest in collage is evident in the letter tiles and spinning arrow she affixed to the support. Rothschild also painted overlapping shapes which mimic the appearance of cut pieces of paper. The circular shapes throughout reference the title, a symbol in existence since antiquity that represented fates fickle nature which could bring one great joy or sadness just by the turn of her wheel.
United States, 1921 - 1993
Gift of Mrs. Kay Hillman through UCSB Art Affiliates
ROTHSCHILD, Judith and United States, 1921 - 1993, “ROTHSCHILD, Judith,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed June 7, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/10323.