James Naumberg Rosenberg was born in 1874 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and died in 1970 in White Plains, New York, having led a full life as a successful lawyer, gallerist, artist, poet, humanitarian, and author.
In 1922 Rosenberg founded the New Gallery in New York for the exhibition and sale of works by little known American and European artists. Having studied lithography with master print maker George Miller, it was to him that Rosenberg rushed on the day of the Wall Street crash in 1929 to produce his nightmarish, famous print Dies Irae (Day of Wrath), full of teetering skyscrapers, suicidal brokers, and maddened crowds expressionistically rendered to show the sense of panic that overwhelmed the nation. This lithograph appeared on the front page of the “Sunday Magazine” section of The New York Times in 1930.
He was also a published poet and wrote his autobiography at age seventy- three. His work is now in museums throughout the United States.
Many of these works are from a series of 50 Lithographs produced by Abrams in 1964. The series was limited to 1,000 copies. All images are clear and bright on thick vellum arches paper.