|born on||15 April 1877 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )|
|Place||Waldheim, Germany, 51n04, 13e01|
|Timezone||LMT m13e01 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||25°26' 14°39 Asc. 03°12'|
At the age of 16 Kolbe left school to attend painting and drawing classes at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Dresden. From 1895 he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich and in 1897-8 for six months at the Academie Julian in Paris, where he won first prize in the drawing class. In 1898 he went to Rome for three years, and there his interests turned to sculpture under the encouragement of Louis Tuaillon and August Gaul. After returning to Germany, he met Max Klinger in Leipzig, who became his friend and mentor. In 1904 Kolbe settled in Berlin, where he became a member of the Secession. In 1909 he visited Rodin's studio at Meudon in France, and although he did not meet the sculptor, his style was nevertheless influenced by his work. Kolbe volunteered for the army in 1915 and in the following year was commissioned to design war memorials. In 1918 he became a professor and in 1919 a member of the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin. During the Third Reich it became difficult for him to find employment, and some of his works were destroyed in Allied bombardments in 1943. His last years were overshadowed by illness and the gradual loss of his sight. Kolbe's sculptures, predominantly of cast bronze, show his interest in movement. Above all, he favoured the free-standing nude and sought harmonious forms to indicate a well-balanced spirit.
Kolbe died of bladder cancer in Berlin on 20 November 1947.
- friend relationship with Klinger, Max (born 18 February 1857)
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