Colette Pope Heldner (1902-1990) was an American impressionist painter. She was born in Minnesota. She lived and painted in New Orleans, Louisiana from about 1923 onward. She began taking classes at an art studio where Knute Heldner (also painter) was her teacher before they were married.
Her early work depicting French Quarter courtyards and street scenes closely resemble her husband’s, with painterly but realistic well-drawn compositions.
European scenes, during the travel to Europe, were drawn in sketchy, black outlines on a more painterly impressionist background. At that time she also changed her signature for "Colette" instead od "Colette Pope Heldner". Probably created between 1902-1923.
When she come back to New Orleans her paintings were structured using stock compositional elements: live oak or cypress trees, picturesque rundown shacks, rickety docks, pirogues, and fishermen, which varied according to the artist’s inner vision. The compositions were more casually organized with impressionist brushstrokes in rich saturated color.
After Knute's death, Colette managed to forge her own unique, expressionistic style which she applied to some of New Orleans's most famous boulevards and landmarks.
The painting is a landscape showing patio In French Quarter, New Orleans. After the style, topic and also after the signature which is her full name, we can conclude that it is early work. This work is full of colours and mix of warm an cold tones. Thick brush strokes are visible. The composition of this paining is a rectangular arranged horizontally.
The work is signed lower left by white paint "Colette Pope Heldner" and also signed and titled on the reverse. Framed in a wooden frame.
This painting was donated to FARA Fulham.