Jane Rosen, at the beginning of her career, found herself in the thick of the New York art scene. It was the era when Minimalism ruled, and her early work reflected it. Then one day, she took herself up to the Art Students League and began to study Renaissance drawing technique with Robert Beverly Hale, curator of drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her move was a sign of what artists are often thought to possess, a spirit of independent inquiry. Rosen graduated from NYU with straight A’s in her dual major, art and philosophy. In those days the phrase “art, philosophy and religion” hadn’t quite disappeared from familiar usage. The big questions, which remain with us today in spite of the amazing proliferation of distractions, were not off limits.