Doris Patty Rosenthal was born on July 10, 1889, in Riverside, California. The family moved from their ranch in Riverside to Los Angeles, where Doris completed high school and began her art studies. In 1910, she graduated with a teaching degree from the Los Angeles State Normal School (later, UCLA) and then attended Columbia University in New York. After Columbia she returned to California and was an instructor in painting at the State Teachers College, Los Angeles (1913-1914) and then served as the director of the department of art, State Teachers College, Fresno, California (1914-1917).
Doris began exhibiting in California in 1915 and continued to do so throughout her life. In 1918, she won a scholarship to study with George Bellows and John Sloan at the Art Students League in New York City. She then worked briefly as an illustrator, saving enough money to study in Europe, where she enrolled in L'Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France. After Doris returned from Europe in the early 1920s, in New York, she married Jacob "Jack" Charash, press agent, theatrical manager, and dramatist.
In the Jewish Women's Archive Encyclopedia, Jeanne Scheper writes: "In the late 1920s, Rosenthal published a unique series of unbound plates, The Prim-Art Series…The Prim-Art portfolios were instrumental in winning her two Guggenheim fellowships, in 1931 and 1936, which she used to travel and paint in Mexico. These trips changed the course of her life and art. By 1934, Rosenthal was a nationally and internationally recognized 'regionalist' painter of Mexican themes, noted for her skill in composition and draftsmanship…she maintained a studio in Silvermine, Norwalk, Connecticut, while teaching art at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. In the summers, Rosenthal traveled by burro to the remote states of Mexico, carrying sketchpads and a Flit gun, and using tequila as a fixative when necessary."
During her lifetime, Doris was represented by the prestigious Midtown Galleries in New York. According to Jeanne Scheper: "Doris Rosenthal was a daring explorer, a dedicated educator, and a painter of colorful and expressive yet un-romanticized work representing the everyday life in Mexican Indians at a time when anti-Mexican sentiment in the United States was rife."
Doris Rosenthal passed away on November 26, 1971, in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Member: California Art Club; American Society of Sculptors and Gravers; American Artists Congress.
Exhibited: California Art Club, 1916-1920; International Exhibition o fLithographers, Los Angeles, 1931; Society of Independent Artists, 1918-1942; Nortwest Printmakers, 1929, 1935; Stanley Rose Galleries, Los Angeles, 1937; Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939; Biltmore Art Gallery, 1946; Los Angeles County Fair, 1940, 1948; and more.
Works held: Metropolitan Museum; San Diego Museum; Museum of Modern Art
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