Nudes By
Jan DeRuth

One of the world's most famous nude artists!

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It's a long way from creating artworks by sketching in leftover coffee to painting an original canvas of Ethel Kennedy for the cover of Time Magazine, twenty-five years in fact; and during that period, Jan De Ruth's personal experiences have been enough to fill two ordinary lifetimes. Through them all, fine art sustained him and was his primary interest.

To begin with, De Ruth, a native of Czechoslovakia who became an American citizen, spent the years of World War II being shunted through 5 different concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz. He made four escape attempts and finally made good on his fifth try.

De Ruth constantly sought materials with which to draw, but "The only things we had were the few pieces of cloth we wore," he recalls. By chance, he was transferred to Germany as part of a labor detail and managed to sneak a pencil away from the camp supervisor-"I became a perfect thief during those years," he says. Jan drew a mother and child on a scrap of paper he scrounged from the factory where he worked, filled it in with shadings of coffee in various strengths using his finger as his brush. He exchanged the sketch for a piece of bread from a camp guard, and in effect, sold his first artwork.

In March of 1945, after being transferred to his native Czechoslovakia, he made his 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 where he created his first serious artworks. He arrived in the USA in 1948.

In 1955 Jan De Ruth made his professional debut as a full-time artist and two years later his first one-man show established him as a serious fine art painter. His paintings and art graphics have been acclaimed for combining the technique of the old masters in a modern manner, and have been exhibited in more than 40 one-man shows in galleries and museums across the United States.

He enjoyed special popularity as a portraitist and became one of the most famous artists of the artistic nude in the world. Often asked why he concentrated on this most demanding of all art subjects he replies: . . . "Each painting of the nude becomes a new experience . . . It (the human figure) is nature's most perfect and most imperfect creation, communicating, even in silence and immobility, the physical and spiritual power-and frailty-of humanity."

Jan DeRuth's fine nude art in oil paintings and art graphics can be found in major collections throughout the world.






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