Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)

The artist’s wife Viola with a parasol, circa 1920


SKU: 7887
Inscribed Viola and signed on the reverse
Charcoal and wash on light brown paper
23 1/2 x 19 in. (59.7 x 48.2 cm)

Height – 59.7cm x Width – 48.2cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Family

This intense handsome half length portrait presents the artist’s wife using  a compositional format favoured by  Symbolist draftsman: the subject is placed in the immediate foreground, standing square, engaging the viewer with a direct gaze. 

Portrait of the Artist’s wife, courtesy of Harry Moore-Gwyn

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Rudolf Sauter
1895 - 1977

Painter, printmaker, illustrator and poet. Father was Georg Sauter, an artist from Bavaria. During WW1 Rudolph was interned at Alexandra Palace, (from 1918-19), on account of the fact that his father Georg (who had already been interned in Prison in Wakefield in 1919) was German by birth. His mother was Lilian Galsworthy, daughter of John Galsworthy, the novelist and creator of The Forsyte Saga. Rudolph developed strong literary interests and illustrated John Galsworthy’s works. He painted a portrait of Galsworthy in 1927. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Pastel Society. When his work was shown at the Salon in Paris, he was awarded an Honourable Mention. His work was shown widely in the provinces and in America. He had one-man shows in London and New York.

His work is held by the National Portrait Gallery, the RWA and the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. Much of his work was destroyed by a fire in the 1980s. There is a significant collection in private hands in South Africa. Although mostly a figurative painter, late in life he did a series of pastel abstracts. He celebrated his eightieth birthday with a glider flight. He lived at FORT WILLIAM, Butterow, near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
WW2 -Three Spud piers being prepared for the D-Day Normandy Landings, circa 1944.


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Two Spud piers being prepared for the D-Day Normandy Landings, circa 1944.


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
The Retreat Pub Ledbury, 1950’s


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
View from an aeroplane, over snow-capped Sierras, 1959


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Landscape around Stroud


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Spud piers with dazzle camouflage being prepared for the D-Day Normandy Landings


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Quarry processing plant


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Around the Malvern Hills


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
The artist’s wife Viola with a parasol, circa 1920


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Portrait of Arthur William Symons (British poet, critic and translator), 1935


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Four masted Barque


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Lilian Sauter Galsworthy, the artist’s mother, 1923


Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
The artist’s wife Viola, 1924