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The Boxer a Watercolor by WPA Artist Jerry Roth

Jerry Roth (1918 – 2008) had his first paying job as an artist in the new York Federal Arts program of the WPA at age 16. He remained as artist until his death 74 years later. Born Jerome Rothstein, at four his parents give him the middle name “Henry” and later he became Jerry Roth. His watercolor of a boxer is from the 1930’s and is signed on the lower left in pencil “Rothstein” The piece is 17 ½” tall and 11 ¾” wide. This and the other pictures by Jerry are from his widow Nettie.

He Done Her Wrong! Watercolor by Jerry Roth

This ca. 1937 watercolor of a woman with a smoking gun in her hand and standing over a fallen man is titled “He Done Her Wrong” and is by Jerry Roth who was, at 16, the youngest artist of the WPA.  The watercolor is 17” x 10 5/8” and is signed in pencil on the lower right “Jerome Henry Roth”. Jerry Roth (1918 – 2008) was born Jerome Rothstein in the Bronx, New York.  He acquired the middle name “Henry” at the age of four when he became dangerously ill with pneumonia.  Jewish tradition contrived to fool the Angel of Death who would come to Earth with orders to take Jerome Rothstein.  At a later date he became Jerry Roth.

American Art Deco Watercolor by Jerry Roth of a Couple Dancing

Jerry Roth (1918 - 2008) joined the WPA at 16 years of age in 1934 to support his family and work on his artistic skills. Assigned to the WPA poster project, which was a service project for other WPA projects, he might be designing posters for the Public Health Department , the United States Tourist Bureau or Orson Wells' Mercury Theatre. When there was no poster work he was free to paint. He painted what he saw in New York City. This watercolor shows a man and woman dancing next to a table with a bottle on top. The watercolor is 11" x 17" and is signed in pencil on the lower right "Rothstein".

Jerry Roth Watercolor - Fishing

This fun watercolor was done ca. 1937 by Works Progress Administration artist Jerry Roth . Titled "Fishing”, it shows a young man with rod and a fish on the line. Roth, at age 16, was supporting his family during the Depression by working in the WPA. It is signed “Jerome Henry Roth” in pencil on the lower left and signed and titled on the reverse mat. It measures 14 ½” x 10 ½”.

Jerry Roth Pen & Ink Drawing

This pen & ink drawing on paper was done during the 1930’s by New York WPA artist Jerry Roth. Roth was, at the age of 16, the youngest artist at the WPA. A very strong and playful image of a man leaning over to look at fish and maybe catch a few to eat. The image measures 15 ½” x 10 ½”. It is signed on the right center “Jerome Henry Roth”. Titled “Man and Fish” and signed “Jerome Henry Roth” on the reverse mat.

American Art Deco WPA Watercolor by Jerry Roth MAN ON BENCH

This pen & ink drawing on paper was done during the 1930’s by New York WPA artist Jerry Roth (1918 – 2008).  Jerry was born Jerome Henry Rothstein and at age 16 was the youngest artist in the Works Projects Administration designing posters for tourism and culture, many owned by the Library of Congress.  A pensive gentleman sits on a park bench (could it be Central Park?). The watercolor is 16 ½” x 11 ½” and is signed in pencil “Rothstein” on the lower right and titled and signed “Jerome Henry Roth” on the reverse mat.

Roth Watercolor

This charming watercolor was done during the 1930's by WPA artist Jerry Roth. Titled "Cocktail Couple," it shows a dashing young man and a very Picasso-esque woman at a bar with two glasses of bubbling champagne. We have several drawings from Roth from this period. It measures 14.25" high X 10.5" wide.

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