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The internationally known painter, fifty years absent , is back in the neighborhood  to paint the landscape !


Peter Ruta has returned after a half century to paint the landscape  he loves best. The American painter Peter Ruta is ninety , was born in Dresden Germany  in 1918, he came straight from New York with a roll of canvas  and all the other equipment needed to paint, in the middle of the Amalfi Coast.


The artist who lived who  in Positano for many years , from 1953 to 1963, will be staying for two weeks in the same places where he painted Positano years  ago. Ruta was one of the painters of the golden age of Positano, recently had a show in Leipzig, had a studio in the  New Yorks twin towers where he painted with one of the last views of the city before the tragedy of  Sept. 11, 2001.


“Positano back then was a magic place ” Ruta recalls, “you  met impoverished aristocrats, artists, actors. I remember the prince of Bavaria and Ingrid Bergman who was doing a film in Ravello, but above all I sought a peaceful place to paint”. His father, Walther Franke-Ruta was among the founders of the Dada Caberet in Leipzig in the 1920’s. Ruta emigrated to the U.S. where in New York he studied painting with Will Barnet and Jean Charlot, then studied in Mexico and in Venice where he met the Guggenheim circle of artists. He arrived  in Positano in the early 50’s. The discovery of this place, outside of time and world events, with its clear sharp light , led him to turn to landscape painting, studied , revised, repeated, rewritten for six years. A fantastic place enlivened  by a small group pf German exiles who had fled Nazism. Armin Wegner and his wife Irene Kowaliska, Edward Gillhaisen- a Bauhaus artsist in the mid 1920’sthe Dutch painter Han Harloff, who had studied with Bonnard, Karli Sohn-Rethel, Kurt Craemar, Bruno Marquardt, to name some  of the important residents of Positano in those years. Ruta has returned to Positano as a guest of Vincenzo Esposito, owner of thre Gallery/Restaurant “IL MEDITERRANEO”.



“I was looking at Ruta’s work for years , because I want to do an artistic reconstruction of that period of the Positano Work Shop, which put Positano at the Center of the Art World.  So invited him back ,and he came” says Esposito.

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