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|Frederick William Kolde, Jr.|
Frederick Wm Kolde was a Cincinnati, Ohio artist name listing that,
treated as one person, likely refers to two men named Frederick Kolde, a
father and a son. This assertion is verified by a check of the federal
censuses for Hamilton County, Ohio.
The most detailed biography for Kolde, which appears in Falk's Who Was Who in American Art,
describes him as a jewelry designer, craftsman, and painter. It also
gives a list of his teachers, where he exhibited, and his affiliations.
elder FWK was born in Breslau, Germany on 7 July 1870 and occupied as a
jewelry designer in 1910, 1920, and 1930. The younger Frederick William Kolde was born on
29 March 1903 in Hamilton County, Ohio and was at home in 1910 and 1920,
and occupied as a commercial artist living in his own home in 1930.
Frederick William Kolde Sr. married Bertha Ott about 1901 in Hamilton
County. He has not been located in Hamilton County, Ohio in 1900. He
emigrated to the US in 1890.
Records at the Cincinnati Museum of
Art (CMA) show that FWK Sr. attended the Cincinnati Art Academy, taking
two classes between 1895-1897. FWK Jr. took preparatory and high school
classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy and attended there full time from
Records do not indicate whether FWK Jr. graduated or not. It
seems that biographers may have merged the accomplishments of the
father and son.
The CMA research library has little information
for either man. They were able to report that FWK Sr. worked as a
jewelry designer for 65 years and took up watercolor painting when he
retired, painting mostly local scenery, some marines scenes, and
The author of this biography was fortunate to have been able to
contact the Kolde family and FWK Jr.'s daughter-in-law was able to
relate some very important information that makes it possible to
identify the work of FWK Sr. She confirmed that the information from
the CAM and also that FWK Jr. limited his artistic career to commercial
art, painting only a few watercolors which have never been shown and are
in the possession of the family. This signature of FWK Sr. is very
distinctive, the signature on the example shown is a very typical
Frederick William Kolde is mentioned in Mallett's Index of Artists, Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, and Falk's Who Was Who in American Art.
to WWWAA, Kolde Sr. studied in Breslau, Germany and at the Cincinnati
Art Academy. His teachers included Vincent Nowottny and Frank Duveneck.
He was a member of the Cincinnati Crafters, Cincinnati Men's Art Club,
and Ohio Watercolor Society. He exhibited at the Cincinnati Museum, Taft
Museum of Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio Watercolor Society, and Philadelphia
Watercolor Club. He worked as a jewelry designer for Fox Brothers and
Whitehouse Brothers in Cincinnati and created chalices for St. Peter's
Cathedral and St. William's Church in Cincinnati. Vincent Nowottny died
in 1897, so it is safe to say that FWK Sr. was his student. Frank
Duveneck died in 1919 and taught at the Cincinnati Art Academy during
the times that both Koldes attended there. There is no record of the
younger Kolde working as a jeweler. Some of the information in WWWAA
could be for either man or for both. More research is needed to
accurately credit father and son for their accomplishments.
elder FWK died 19 March 1957 and the younger FWK died on 11 December
1993 in Cincinnati. Works by Kolde are still fairly common, so must have
been very prolific.
Researched, written and submitted by
Kevin Daniel, University of Illinois graduate student of Library and
Information Science with a focus on art Cataloging.
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