Helmut Kolle was a German painter and lithographer who can be found in some lexicons under his pseudonym “Helmut vom Hügel” (“Helmut of the Hill”). He was active in the 1920s.
Born: 24 February 1899 in Berlin-Charlottenburg
Died: 17 November 1931 in Chantilly, Oise, France
Helmut Kolle, who has French ancestors, begins painting very early. In addition to his training with the Swiss painters Martin Lauterburg and Victor Surbek, he also works in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Paris. With his friend and patron Wilhelm Uhde, Kolle settles down in Paris from 1923 onwards. He gets to know Impressionism and some well-known artists like Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Pablo Picasso and Georges Brapue. Already at the age of 20, he has individual exhibitions and is also able to convince in Paris with his late-impressionist style. His subjects, which are held in a casual style, deal with animals, explicitly horses and dogs, flowers and young people. Because of his early death (he suffered from endocarditis), there are only few works by this painter. Helmut Kolle has only been properly acknowledged by an exhibition at the Lenbachhaus in Munich in 1994/1995.