Samuel Rothbort, ‘The Comic - Self Portrait’, ca. 1955, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Samuel Rothbort began sculpting at an early age, making animals from bread dough in his mother’s kitchen. As a young man, he worked in a glassware store while also painting fifty-cent charcoal portraits and training to be a leather worker. He immigrated to New York in 1904 and took a variety of unskilled jobs, including night watchman on a construction site. The master builder on the site noticed Rothbort drawing on unfinished plaster and decided he was too talented to be a watchman. As a result, Rothbort became a decorator, creating designs in paint and plaster for the homes of wealthy Manhattanites. For most of his life he ran a farm on Long Island with his wife, Rose, and created many paintings, sculptures, and mosaics that captured, as he described, “a little bit of truth from nature.” Samuel Rothbort's work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum

About Samuel Rothbort

American, 1881-1971, Volkovisk, Russia, based in New York, NY, United States