* 18 July 1884 in Leipzig; † 9 January 1913 near Welschnofen (South Tirol)
German painter and graphic artist
At first influenced by the art of the Munich school around Franz von Stuck, Leo Rauth soon finds his own style, a style characterized by gracefulness in gestures and movements as well as by a surprising harmony of colours. Coloured drawings will be his most important way of expression. His drawings of dances, a selection of which has been edited as hand-coloured phototypes in two portfolios, will make him widely known.
For the most part, his motifs are taken from mythology, the variety theatre, ballet and carnival. In addition, he paints persons he meets on the turf, in night cafés and bars. Rauth also works as a commercial artist. His posters are among the best of this genre. From 1906 on, Rauth studies initially at the art academies in Leipzig and Karlsruhe. Afterwards, he continues his education in Berlin, and later he goes over to the painting class of Franz von Stuck at the Munich art academy. Here, he devotes himself mainly to the drawing of portraits, nudes, figures, and garments. After educational journeys to Paris and Venice he returns to Leipzig in 1909. His works are shown in numerous group exhibitions, and the artist soon rises to fame. Thus, he is represented at the Secession’s First Leipzig Annual Exhibition in 1910, and at the Leipzig Annual Exhibition in 1911. Rauth is a member of the German Artists’ Union. Until his suicide during a stay in South Tirol he, highly prolifically, creates a large number of paintings, portraits, drawings, posters and illustrations. In honour of the artist, the Leipzig gallery Pietro Del Vecchio mounts a memorial exhibition, from February to March 1913. In 1914, the Leipzig auctioneer Oswald Weigel auctions a part of Leo Rauth’s artistic bequest.