Pittsburgh on canvas
A painting by Samuel Rosenberg and the papers and photographs belonging to the famous Jewish Pittsburgh artist have been donated to the Rauh Jewish Archives of the Heinz History Center.
The donation makes the Rauh one of the first stops for anyone interested in studying the life and work of Rosenberg.
“We are the repository for Samuel Rosenberg’s papers, “ said Rauh Archivist Susan Melnick.
The painting, “Construction on Bigelow Boulevard,” was donated by Arline Rosenberg, the artist’s daughter-in-law, and her family. Rosenberg painted it in 1940.
A famous artist in his own right who caught the rough and real life of Pittsburgh’s Hill District on canvas, Rosenberg, who also taught at Carnegie Tech, is perhaps better known for his influence on the many painters whom he taught over his long career, including Andy Warhol.
Rosenberg’s papers and photographs join those of other famous Jewish Pittsburgh artists — sculptor Sibyl Barsky Grucci and painter Milton Weiss — whose works are also stored at the Rauh.
“We are honored to have been selected to receive the papers and photographs associated with Samuel Rosenberg’s career and his wonderful painting,” Melnick said. “Arline Rosenberg gave us “Construction on Bigelow Boulevard” because she felt that it belonged in Pittsburgh. I have to agree.