Ruth Schütte
Nr: 1457 || 24x24 Sujet: Abstrakt,Technik: Kunstdruck auf Papier

Ruth Schütte – Her Opus

Ruth Schütte is regarded as an Expressionist painter, although she did not use some typical characteristics of Expressionism in her work. The attitude to her painting was one of exuberant delight in experimentation and the resulting paintings often contain a strongly Expressionist aspect. At times Schütte painted in a style similar to Dutch Expressionist Willem de Kooning. Occasionally Schütte seems to have chosen similar colours to de Kooning. Like
de Kooning Schütte also liked to paint women including many nudes. It is striking that she usually left out the face or just painted a part of it.

The complete works of Schütte cover many other themes. Schütte herself loved the pictures of Provençal landscapes that she produced during painting courses in the southern French town of Séguret.

Ruth Schütte also painted many portraits, including some of her daughter Ellen. The fact that she also produced portraits of herself is quite unusual, particularly in comparison to other female painters.

Another interesting aspect is that a few paintings seem to have a religious background. For example they show an angel or the fish as religious symbol. Likewise one can find allusions to ancient myths, for example the myth of Daphne who changed into a laurel.

Alla Prima: Ruth Schütte often used to draw and paint at the same time and in many of her pictures it is not possible to see which technique was the predominant one. But it is certain that Ruth Schütte had an outstanding 'instinct' for colours. The way she knew how to combine them is reminiscent of the great masters. Also many pictures reveal that she basically used the superior Alla Prima technique in which the painting is completed in only one session and without any subsequent corrections. Therefore the painter has to reflect upon every element of the picture at once. Related to the fast way of painting is the importance of recognising that positive and negative elements of a picture. It suggests the technique of printing which was part of Schütte`s studies and had a remarkable influence on her painting.

Ruth started  her reverse glass paintings only at an advanced age, but after having suffered a stroke she could not continue with this form. 

The works of Ruth Schütte have already been presented on numerous exhibitions both at home and abroad.