Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Rudolph Sauter (1895–1977)   BIOGRAPHY

Paths in the moonlight – Bombers going out over the Channel, 1944
Framed (ref: 7903)
Signed, original manuscript label to verso giving title and artist’s address, Press & Censorship Bureau inkstamp dated 16 October 1944,
Watercolour on paper
11 ½ x 15 ¾ in. (29 x 40 cm)


Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 53. 

Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 53, page 92.

During World War II, Rudolf Sauter was an Army Welfare Officer under South Eastern Command. Although he was never an official war artist the events he witnessed informed his work. 

This composition shows medium bombers on their way to bomb targets in German-occupied France. Bomber Command turned its attention to French transport targets – railway marshalling yards, bridges, rail tunnels etc – from about March 1944. This was done primarily to isolate northern France from the rest of the transport system in order to hamper German troop movements countering the D-Day landings. To conceal the actual point of invasion, transport interdiction had to be widespread, from Caen to the Belgian border and from the northern Loire northwards towards Brest.

Rudolph Sauter (1895–1977)

Painter, printmaker, illustrator and poet. Father was George Sauter, an artist from Bavaria. During WW1 Rudophe was  interned at Alexandra Palace, (from 1918-19), on account of the fact  that his  father Georg (who had already been interned in Prision 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. Rudophe 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 dis a seies 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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