As in his poetry and music, Rosenmann-Taub
penetrates to the essential in his drawings. Confining
himself to the rigor of black and white, he achieves
his effects with minimal means: pen and ink, chalk,
at first his manner may appear realistic, close examination
reveals that he transcends surface reality.
His drawings take many dynamic forms, but the majority
focus on physiognomy: a vast and varied gallery of
portraits. In each, Rosenmann -Taub captures not just
one biographical moment, but the whole predicament
inherent in the individual’s existence. The enigmas
of these lives
are fathomed – intimate feelings, unresolved
contradictions, dubious compromises, irreparable mistakes.
These beings, stripped of all masks, lay bare the human
drama. He has created more than eight hundred drawings.
Certain series, such as La Bofetada (The Slap), Alarde
(Boast), and La Decepción (Disappointment),
are centered on a particular theme. Apart from a few
illustrations he has done for his own books of poetry,
these masterpieces are unknown.