The Prolific Artistic Portfolio of Jeanne Kollée
The Last Eve of Berlin - May 02 1945, oil on canvas
Jeanne Kollée is a painter and mixed media artist working primarily in oil. In her prolific artistic practice, Jeanne creates works ranging from delicate, smudgy florals to hard-edged abstractions painted with a palette knife.
I really like the way Jeanne uses colour in her artworks. The artist’s series Unter Dem Messer (Under the Knife) features abstract paintings created using a palette knife, with dark, shadowed colour schemes that lend each work a fantastic sense of depth and weight. Bright moments of saturated colour cut across the foreground like wounds made into the canvas itself, sitting atop grounds of deep, chromatic greys, greens and blues.
In figurative works, the artist takes a graphic approach, building human figures out of interlocking planes of flat colour. Even the artist’s line art consists of various colours, with Jeanne sometimes lining the outside of a figure with several layers of contours in complementary hues.