Ruth Baumgarte

  • Adrinkas Song Shadows Falling Behind Your Back
  • Morning II Study IV
  • Market Day Misunderstanding
  • 2003, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
  • 1995, oil on board, 100 x 75 cm
  • 2004, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
  • 1997, carbon on paper, 96 x 62 cm
  • 1988, carbon on paper, 78 x 65 cm

Ruth Baumgarte occupied a pictorial world of youthful force, with strong, fiery, tropical colours and convincing forms. Born in Coburg (Bavaria, Germany) in 1923, she grew up in Berlin and had her first artistic training while still a schoolgirl. She deceased in Bielefeld in 2013.

In 1938 she attended the Kunstschule des Westens (Art School of the West) in Berlin and, from 1940 -1944, she studied Graphic Arts and Painting at the Berlin Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Figurative Arts). During her studies she was a regular contributor to the "Kaskeline-Zeichentrickfilm-Atelier" (Kaskeline Animation Film Studio; still existant) in Berlin. During (and as a consequence of) the war, she relocated and attended the Meisteratelier (Masters’ Studio) at the Staatliche Industrie- und Kunstgewerbeschule (State College of Industry and Applied Arts) in Sonneberg (Thuringia). Upon her return to Berlin, she worked as a press draughtswoman (or graphic artist) for the city’s first German / Russian daily and as an art teacher at a grammar school as well.

Her subject matter were figures and landscape, her medium light represented by colour. These are represented in a manner that pushes the work’s emotional qualities to the foreground. Her palette was influenced by exotic motifs (often from Africa), but it is less a firework of colour than, more often than not, a kind of quiet, even silence, which presents itself as the real subject of these images. A roaring silence maybe, but that goes well with the spiritual, sensual, and meditative character of many of her paintings.


Still, there remains a kind of narrative involved. The beholder learns about people, their surroundings, their ways of life and what makes them who they are. Ruth Baumgarte aimed to achieve a characterisation of figures and objects by way of a determined outline, which is, simultaneously, an expression of emotional experience.

Gallery Exhibitions

A homage to 90th birthday: Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie honoured Ruth Baumgarte in a huge retrospective from July 6th - October 11th 2013. A hommage to 90th birthday

Ruth Baumgarte, 07.03.2013 - 10.03.2013, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, art KARLSRUHE 2013

Ruth Baumgarte, 08.03.2012 - 11.03.2012, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, art KARLSRUHE 2012

Ruth Baumgarte, 10.03.2011 - 13.03.2011, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, art KARLSRUHE 2011

Ein Hauch von Eden, 27.11.2010 - 31.01.2011, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie Ein Hauch von Eden

Art foundation Kunststiftung Ruth Baumgarte:

The Ruth Baumgarte Art Foundation was founded by the artist in 2012, administering the future artistic life´s work and promoting an annual prize donated to a figurative working artist. The presidency of the Ruth Baumgarte Foundation will be hold by her son, the gallery owner and art dealer Alexander Baumgarte.

Lately the management board of the Ruth Baumgarte Art Foundation appointed an advisory committee of highest calibre. The art foundation will announce the awardee 2014 of the Ruth Baumgarte Prize of Art during the following weeks. Please visit



Museum Exhibitions

Ruth Baumgarte, Vision Afrika. Turn of the Fire, March 24, 2019 - July 07, 2019, Städtisches Museum Braunschweig

Ruth Baumgarte, Turn of the Fire, Sep. 05, 2018 - Oct. 22, 2018, Ludwig Museum im State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ruth Baumgarte, Farbrausch am Kessel, March 11, 2018 - May 06, 2018, Hoesch Museum, Dortmund

Ruth Baumgarte, Turn of the Fire, Nov. 12, 2017 - Jan. 07, 2018, Ludwigmuseum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz

Die Künstlerin Ruth Baumgarte. Herkunft/Prägung/Zäsuren, Nov. 04, 2017 - Jan. 07, 2018, Kulturhaus Karlshorst, Berlin

Ruth Baumgarte, Farbrausch am Kessel, Nov. 22, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016 Museum Schloss Salder, Salzgitter