Gatja Helgart Rothe (German; American, 1935 – 2007)
DimensionsSheet : 31 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (80.01 x 76.83 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
LabelAfter training as a painter in her native Germany in the 1950s, Gatja Helgart Rothe moved to Italy in 1968 and to the United States in 1971. She began making mezzotints shortly after arriving in the US as a way to expand her market, and developed an innovative technique for creating prints in which different images appear to be layered together. Aware that works by female artists often fetch lower prices than those by male artists, Rothe typically signed her works “G.H. Rothe” to avoid disclosing her gender. Rothe lived and worked in the US until 2000, when she moved to Switzerland where she died in 2007.