Porträt. 1924. Oil on canvas. Upper right signed "Hügel". Verso of the canvas monogrammed "H.v.H." and dated "Nov. 24". Verso of the stretcher with a label, here inscribed "Hugel" and titled "Portrait" by a hand other than that of the artist. 102 x 65 cm (40.1 x 25.5 in). [EH].
• From 1922 to 1924 Helmut Kolle (called vom Hügel) lived in Berlin before he moved to Paris with his partner Wilhelm Uhde • In Paris his work was met with great enthusiasm • Kolle repeatedly depicted himself, it can even be assumed that he can be found in most of his pictures • The formal expression shows elements of Expressionism and Cubism, as well as a sort of mystic internalization, as it is typical of Georges Rouault‘s main body of works.