Turn of the Fire, 1995-97

Turn of the Fire, 1995-97
Triptych (middle panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

Ruth Baumgarte chose the representative image format of the triptych in order to emphasise the importance of the central image. She portrays a larger-than-life seized young African woman who carries a bundle of brushwood on her back. With the help of a forehead strap, she balances the heavy load. She glances, with a sceptic look distorted with pain, past the viewer. Behind her, two figures sitting on the floor and stacking wood are shown.

In Africa, lighting fires is one of the women‘s duties, who often spend hours searching for wood before a fire can be lit. This takes away a lot of time and, additionally, cooking over an open fire is a significant health risk since the inhaled smoke makes many women fall ill. Turn of the Fire – we do not know why Ruth Baumgarte chose this title.

 

 

Triptych

Even the Elephant's Death Will Occur on a Single Day, 1995-97
Triptych (left panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm
Turn of the Fire, 1995-97
Triptych (middle panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
The Stream of Time, 1995-97
Triptych (right panel), oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm