Ruth Schütte Selbstportrait
Nr: 1234 || 30x25,Sujet: Portrait,Technik: Tusche

Ruth Schütte – Her Life

Ruth Schütte was born September 17th, 1917 in Düren, a small town near Cologne. The fifth of seven children, she first came into contact with art at the age of five when she suffered from tuberculosis of the hip. This forced her to stay in bed almost continually until she was twelve. Being unable to walk, she discovered her lifelong passion for drawing and painting. Even at a young age she produced some very skillful silhouettes.

Because of her illness, Schütte was sent away many times to a health resort. She hated this because she was not given any material for painting, so she resorted to drawing in the blank spaces in her books.

After completing the Abitur - the examination qualifying her for university entrance - she studied graphics and book design at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, progressing to the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. Even though she had barely enough money to live on, she always used to put something aside to buy books about art. In this way she learned much about the subject, for example, about Chinese art. Her free time too was devoted entirely to artistic creation. She did calligraphy, wood and lino cuts, and every year she designed her own Christmas cards.

After graduating in 1941, Schütte taught typography and drawing at a school for arts and craft in Magdeburg. She married in 1942 and gave birth to a daughter Ellen in 1943. After many years of moving around, she and her family finally settled in Freiburg in 1959, and from 1960 she worked as a graphic designer for the city's urban planning department.

After retiring in 1981, Schütte was able to dedicate all of her energy and attention to her art. Unfortunately in 1994 she suffered a stroke and had eye problems which prevented her from drawing and painting as much as she wanted. Schütte died in 1999 at the age of 82 in Freiburg.

During her studies, Schütte greatly admired the work of Dürer, but later, Cézanne became her favorite painter. Cézanne is well known for using the Alla Prima technique which Ruth Schütte often used herself.

There is no doubt that art was very important for Schütte, but she also loved to read, take car journeys and inspiring cruises and experience nature firsthand. Although she spent much time alone working on her paintings, she was a very sociable person and had many lasting friendships.

Ruth Schütte: Her Opus