Gardist. Wohl um 1930. Oil on wooden plate laminated with canvas. Signed upper left. 72 x 54 cm (28.3 x 21.2 in). The picture was in possession of Jsrael Beer Neumann, who opened his first book and art shop (later Galerie Nierendorf) in Berlin in 1910. Further galleries in Bremen, Düsseldorf and Munich (later Kunsthandlung G.Franke) followed. In 1923 the acclaimed gallery owner and art critic emigrated to New York.
PROVENANCE: Collection J.B. Neumann (verso with label , here with note "bought from Willhelm Uhde 1924/25)".
The mixture of a demure craftsmanship and an expression borne by sentiment is what makes Helmut Kolle's so fascinating. Kolle evokes a world of a quiet longing that is wearily accepted. He visualizes his own world of ideas that has little to do with reality. Figures in his pictures are trapped in their own world. For their restrained intensity, the colors contribute to an air of an unfulfilled longing for harmony.