Jan De Ruth (Czech/American, 1922-1991)(#54696)
Three modern dancers. Oil on canvas. Signed (LR). Canvas size 36 x 34 inches, frame size 43 x 39 inches. Framed. De Ruth, a native of Czechoslovakia and now an American citizen, spent the years of World War II being shunted through five different concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz. He made four escape attempts and finally made good on his fifth try. In March of 1945, after being transferred to his native Czechoslovakia, he made his successful escape knowing every step of the way. After the war, De Ruth became the commissar in a small Czech town and remained in the post for one year, just long enough to forge some documents that allowed him to flee to England. He took up residence in London and enrolled at the Ruskin Art School in Oxford University. He arrived in the USA in 1948. His work has been acclaimed for combining the technique of the Old Masters with a modern manner, and has been exhibited in more than 40 one-man shows in galleries and museums across the United States. He has been judged positively by juries in 28 national exhibitions, and his numerous awards include the Purchase Prize of the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Gold Medal of the National Arts Club. Notice to bidders: Condition reports and additional photographs are provided by request as a courtesy to our clients, as such any condition report is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free of defects, imperfections, restoration, wear and tear, or the effects of aging. Capo Auction shall have no responsibility for any error or omission, additionally all lots are sold As Is and in accordance with the conditions of sale.
High Estimate $1800
Low Estimate $1200