Hugo Kolker (1845-1915)

Hugo Kolker was a Jewish industrialist. He managed an oil rafinery and a production plant for industrial greases, and his sizeable income was spent in large part on contemporary art. In 1904-1915 he was a consul of Portugal in Breslau. Kolker is one of the few collectors of modern art from Breslauburied at the Jewish cemetery in ul. Ślężna.

Duration of this collection in Silesia: - 1915
Description of the collection:

In assembling the collection Kolker was aided by his son-in-law, historian of art Curt Glaser, who helped him acquire the painting of Edvard Munch "Workers on Snow”. The collector possessed canvases by Lovis Corinth, André Derain, Othon Friesz, Ferdinand Hodler, Max Liebermann, Max Slevogt and Pablo Picasso. The pride of his collection was Henri Matisse's famous "Nasturtiums with the Painting"Dance" I", which was purchased by other admirers of Matisse from Breslau, the Moll couple, after Kolker's death. The collection included drawings as well, such as the composition of Édouard Manet depicting a boy with a dog and a sketch by Adolph von Menzel. Kolker also owned sculptures, among others the bronze figure "Sitting Girl" by Georg Kolbe.

Categories of works of art in this collection: Painting (2)

Vierte Ausstellung von Werken moderner Meister aus Breslauer Privatbesitz vom 17. April bis 14. Mai, Schlesisches Museum der bildenden Künste, Breslau 1911

Localization: Breslau (Wrocław) - Anderssenstrasse 12-14 (ul. Młodych Techników 12-14)
Authors of this entry:
  • Magdalena Palica
Published on: 01 / 12 / 2009
Project co-financed by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under Government Project – Civic Benefit Fund.
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