Donald Louis Ruf “Fall Scene” P1001

We anticipate the season. Such beautiful fall colors towering over a lone and contented horse. Image 20w x 16h. With frame 25.5w x 22h.

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Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1905, Don Ruf became an avid hunter and developed a great talent and love for landscape painting.  He was encouraged by his sign-painter father and then later by his art teacher, Augustus Dunbier, with whom he took many painting trips including to the Southwest and Mexico.

From 1924-1928, he studied at the Chicago Art Institute and then worked in Chicago as a commercial artist.  In the mid-1930s, he took a year trip around the world, painting in Hawaii, Asia, and Egypt, and even enjoying a little sideline as  a bull fighter in Spain.

Returning to Chicago, he married and became an art director for companies such as Foote, Cone & Belding and Leo Burnett. He did numerous watercolor paintings of Lake Michigan, which he also navigated as a skilled sailor. After 1970, he devoted himself full time to his painting and lived in Nebraska and made many return trips to Taos and the rest of the Southwest. He died in 1982. (adapted from