Known for her impressionist style, painting scenes of the city's picturesque courtyards and favorite haunts of the local artists and musicians, plus darker atmospheric landscapes of the surrounding countryside, sometimes with figures included but not predominant. A number of her works bore the title Swamp Idyl - Louisiana Bayou Country, but were varied in content, some with a small dwelling or boat or dock, others composed only of cypress trees in the waters of a bayou. These are not numbered or dated. Besides her full three-name signature, some early works were signed only "by Colette" Born in Waupaca, Wisconsin, Colette was raised in Duluth, Minnesota.She took art lessons at the Rachel McFadden Art Studio in Duluth while working as McFadden's secretary. It was there that she met Knute, a charismatic Swede twenty-five years her senior. After eloping in 1923, the couple visited New Orleans, eager to escape the brutal Midwestern cold. For much of their married life, they alternated between the two cities, enjoying winters in the South and spending summers up north. They especially enjoyed the Latin Quarter in Paris, and their paintings began to reflect the influence of the Impressionists. Colette delighted in the bohemian life Paris offered and depicted urban street life in lighthearted caricature sketches. Back in New Orleans, the pair settled in the French Quarter.
The neighborhood's energy and eccentricity captivated Colette, who described the milieu as compelling, completely fascinating, narrow streets, balconies, plants, [and] clotheslines by the galleries. She rendered colorful cityscapes that reflected her enchantment. It was around this time that she began to sign her objects simply as "Colette, " a practice presumably inspired by the bold French writer. Colette also took part in New Orleans' active cultural community which included several other female artists-Caroline Durieux, Ida Kohlmeyer, and Helen Turner-as well as the playwright Tennessee Williams, among others. Southern artists had long been in the habit of capturing Louisiana's sultry bayous on canvas.
Both Colette and Knute approached the subject with fresh perspective, creating what she called swamp idylls. In the early 1950s, the Heldners' marriage became strained. Some sources note the couple as having separated, while others contend they divorced; Colette was not listed among Knute's survivors in his 1952 obituary. Following his death, Colette's paintings became bolder, characterized by richer colors and expressionistic brushwork.Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, TX). Louisiana State Museum (New Orleans, LA). Louisiana State University Museum of Art (Baton Rouge, LA).
The Johnson Collection (Spartanburg, SC). The Ogden Collection, Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA). 5 Book References for Colette Pope Heldner. Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor) The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005 479 No. 2005 Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition 2421 No.
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