Portrait of Hans Baumgarte, 1974
There are 21 years between the two portraits and Hans Baumgarte has aged visibly. He is a little dandified in his checked jacket and large bowtie, and is looking straight at the observer. His eyes are somewhat sad and tired. Baumgarte is a successful businessman, but his marriage is increasingly troubled. The couple are considering separating. Ruth Baumgarte's portrait of her husband is full of character. This is a subject whose life is dedicated to his business, and in the background, we can see his workers, the products of Eisenwerke Baumgarte and the industrial facilities.