Historicizing Costume Study I /1730), around 1942

Historicizing Costume Study I /1730), around 1942, Sepia on transparent paper, 18 x 13,4 cm

Ruth Baumgarte received a thorough training in drawing at art school, the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Berlin, where she was taught by figures such as Prof. Gerhard Ulrich.

Some of Baumgarte's student drawings have survived. These include the Historisierende Kostümstudien (historicising costume studies), drawn on thin tracing paper. Baumgarte drew costumes of the French court from 1730 and 1784-87. In precise detail, she reproduces the clothing and headgear of the various echelons of court society. Drawings like these were part of a repertoire of drawings that Baumgarte developed and would later use in book and text illustrations.

Further Studies and Impressions

Historicizing Costume Study IV /1784-87), around 1942
India ink and sepia on transparent paper, 14,3 x 18,5 cm
Lesson by Professor Gerhard Ulrich at the Staatlichen Hochschule für bildende Künste in Berlin, 1943