Portrait of the Artist's Son Siegfried aged 12 by Johannes Matthaeus Koelz

Oil, 1935.

Portrait of the Artist's Son Siegfried aged 12

Art work details

Year of production :
Johannes Matthaeus Koelz
Medium :
Oil painting
Oil paint, Plywood panel
Dimensions :
height: 38.3 cms; width: 30 cms
Credit Line :
Copyright :
© Estate of Johannes Koelz. All rights reserved, DACS 2013.
Portrait, Koelz

The artist’s son Siegfried (Fred) Koelz (1923-2005), is shown against a mountain background, wearing an alpine hat with feather; on his lapel is an Edelweiss, the short-lived and beautiful mountain flower associated with alpinism.

Fred Koelz accompanied his father, sister and mother in the family’s escape from Germany in 1937, finally reaching England in 1939. He also appeared in Koelz Snr’s Triptych ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’, as the small boy praying, in the right hand panel. Later in life Fred played an important role, helping his sister Ava Farrington in her search for missing fragments of the triptych in the 1980s.

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