The Artist’s Life

Portrait of Lewis Rubenstein, smiling, his hand raised in front of his mouth
Lewis William Rubenstein, 1908-2003

This section of the web site includes the following sections:

Lewis William Rubenstein (1908 to 2003) had a rich, incredibly productive, and well documented life and artistic career.  This section of the website captures some of this history.

  • Chronological Biography: Excerpts from Lewis Rubenstein: A Hudson Valley Painter: Cikovsky, Nicolas: Books.  This book was produced by the artistic community of the Hudson Valley and published in 1991, about the time that Erica and Lewis Rubenstein left Poughkeepsie for Shelburne, Vermont.
  • Depression Years Art of the 1930s: Excepts from Labor’s Heritage, Vol7/No3, Quarterly of the George Meany Memorial Archives, Fall 1996.
  • Threads of my Work:  In the 1970s, the artist’s son Daniel encouraged the artist to write an account of his work. 
  • Mexico Taller de Grafica:  This article in the Vassar Quarterly documents the artist’s lithography work in Mexico City in 1952.
  • Major Shows:  This section provides catalogues from major shows.  
  • Erica Rubenstein, Art Historian:  This section documents the life and major artistic accomplishments of Dr. Erica Rubenstein, including her seminal thesis on the New Deal Arts Programs.
  • Photographs of the Artist, Family and Friends.  Lewis lived for/with his work, family and friends.  This was his life.  Included are photos from Provincetown, Massachusetts in the 1950s, ocean beach picnics, photos with Maurice Freedman, artist, and family paining trips to Mexico (1952), Japan (1958) and Spain (1963).    There are photos of family reunions, his 80th birthday party with ‘Boppy’ surrounded by his two children (Dan and Emily), and three grandchildren and grandchildren.

The artist kept extensive journals of his career as an artist.  These are available at:  Lewis W. Rubenstein papers, 1923-1993 | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (

As well there are the Lewis Rubenstein Papers at Vassar College where Rubenstein taught for 35 years:  Rubenstein, Lewis – Archives & Special Collections Library – Vassar College.

There is extensive information and original drawings for murals done at Harvard College:  Lewis Rubenstein Murals, 1937 – Fine Arts Library Collections (

Interview with Lewis Rubenstein and Erica Rubenstein, Archives of American Artists: Oral history interview with Lewis W. and Erica Beckh Rubenstein, 1993 February 23

Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-2003

Painter, Printmaker, Educator