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OSWALD & MARGUERITE BRAGGER

I KNEW JOHN RUGE PERSONALLY AND MET HIM WHEN WE LIVED IN BRONXVILLE,NY. HE WAS JUST A FANTASTIC GUY. ALLWAYS FULL OF HUMOR AND A TRUE BARGAIN HUNTER. I OCCASIONALLY WENT WITH HIM TO THE BRONXVILLE HOSPITAL BARGAIN BOX WHERE WE WOULD FIND SOME GOOD BARGAINS IN CAMERAS ETC. HE WAS ALSO A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER, CAUSE HE USED TO TAKE PHOTOS OF ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS JANE V. CHENOWETH HIS PARTNER MADE FOR ARCHIVING IT.
WE ENJOYED AND HAD THE PLEASURE KNOWING BOTH WHEN THEY STILL WRE ALIVE. JOHN ALSO TOOK US ONES TO THE NY ILLUSTRATOR CLUB. WE OWN MANY OF HIS ORIGINALS THAT WERE PRINTED IN THE PLAYBOY MAGAZINES.
THANK YOU JOHN, WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
OSI AND MARGUERITE NOW IN RENO,NV.

Larry

Jack was one of my drawing teacher at Parsons School of Design in the late seventies early eighties. He was an excellent draftsman and genuinely nice guy. He always came prepared for class with a whole portfolio of drawings, both anatomical and artistic as well as gags he'd worked on. He'd arive early to class (I think punctuality was important to him based on the number of watches he wore, one or two on each wrist) pin his drawings on the wall and we would talk about them during the model breaks. He had a very respectful way of teaching. He would walk around the class with tracing paper and if he saw an issue he wanted to address he would never draw on your drawing. I loved to watch the master dratsman know just what line was out of place and confidently demonstrate with tracing paper where your drawing had veered off coarse....and if you did a good drawing, he couldn't contain his enthusiasm, "Wow! thats a bute!"...Thanks for bringing back the memory of a great artist and wonderful teacher, Jack Ruge.

Leif Peng

Thanks for posting these Ruge pieces, Paul! I'm especially excited to see his story illustrations ( I've only ever come across one - in an old "Adventure" magazine ). Thanks for sharing. L ;-)

Sonal Panse

Beautiful Work! Thanks so much for this blog. It's very informative and inspiring.

Sonal

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