Curriculum Vitae - Johannes Matthaeus Koelz  1895-1971 

Researched by AVA M. Farrington

Self Portrait 1943 Matthaeus Koelz 
copyright Leicester Museums Service
Born 1895 - 1915 Western Front
1919-31 Munich - 1993-35 Slovenia
1937 Flight to Prague
1939 Arrives in England
1940 Deported to Australia
1941 Returns to England and enlists in Pioneer Corps
1946 Bad Tolz Germany
1948 Bicester - 1949-50 Hayfield
1950 Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent - 1954  Stafford
1960 Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent
1963-71 Curraglas, Eire and Shelton
d. 1971
Photographic records of works

1895 Born in Muehldorf, Bavaria, on March 31. baptised Johannes Mattheus Koelz in the Catholic faith, 02.04.95
1915 Sent to the Western Front, with 7 Company, Bavarian Infantry Regiment. Served until the end of   World War I. 
1919-1924 Served in the Munich police force : as an officer in the Bavarian mountain police, then as a trainer in unarmed combat and physical fitness at the Berlin (Spandau) Police Training School.
1919-1931 Studied for 14 semesters at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste Munich
He was a master-student of Professor Franz von Stuck and Professor Olaf Gulbranson
He was also the recipient of the MOND scholarship in 1924 
Work on the Triptych first recorded in 1924.
1927 he moved to Hohenbrunn, Bavaria.
1928 he painted the mountain scene " Oestliche Karwendelspitze und Vogelhausspitz " (149 x 148 cm.) bought by the Praterinsel Museum, Munich. This painting is now in the Alpenvereinmuseum in Innsbruck.
1932 The book "Johannes Uhl" published by Heinrich Arthur Berg in Gauting, Munich with 16 colour illustrations by Johannes Matthaeus Koelz. 
1933 March 1933. Moved to Maribor, Slovenia in the former Yugoslavia. Continued to work on the Triptych  1934 Triptych nearing completion. Centre panel documented in correspondence with step-daughter, Siegelinde Fritz.
 A German Artist among the Slovenes Article from SLOVENEC newspaper 18 August 1934
1935 Back to Hohenbrunn, Bavaria
1936 Two still lifes bought by the Lenbachhaus in Munich.
"Stilleben mit Bayischem Krug" (52,5 x 66 cm) is still there.
"Stilleben mit Kerzenleuchter" was destroyed in World War II
1937 Johannes Matthaeus Koelz describes how 48 hours warning of imminent arrest by the Secret State Police enabled him to organise his Flight from Munich to Prague with his family. His crime? Publishing 50 satirical poems of anti-military tendency, under the pen name Johannes Matthaeus. Information is sought to complete documentation relating to this period in Prague
1939 To Rotterdam.  Then to England : resident in Oxted : Connections in Rye : London : The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
1940 - 41 Johannes Koelz describes how he was interned as an enemy alien and was sent on the S.S. Dunera to Hay Camp, New South Wales, Australia.
1941 - 45 Returned to England and enlisted in the Pioneer Corps. Stationed in Ilfracombe and Catterick. Exhibited work at 'Artists in Khaki' exhibition Darlington August 1942. Transferred to Royal Army Ordinance Corps in June 1944. stationed at Bicester. Details of service
1946 Bad Tolz, Bavaria : Civil Censorship Division of the US Army.
1947-49 Part-time tutor with the Oxford Education Committee
1948 Bicester
1949-50 Hayfield. New Mills Grammar School. Art master
1950 Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
1954 - 60 Stafford - Technical draftsman, working for English Electric under the name of Matthew Kelts.
1960 Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent
(after the death of his wife Claire in 1957)
1963 - 1971 Time spent in Curraglass, Eire, and Shelton
1971 Died on July 3rd 1971


Additional Notes: CV Matthaeus Koelz

  • Photographic record of works by Matthaeus Koelz that has been compiled so far:
    • 120 paintings identified through contact with owners in : Germany, England, Eire and France
    • Numerous paintings still to be recorded, in Switzerland, Munich, Prague, Rotterdam, France and England.       CLICK to see list of works
  • Artists in Khaki exhibition Darlington - From the Yorkshire Post
    • '20 August 1942..... of the thirteen works on view the majority are watercolours, but there are a few notable oils by clever artists now in khaki whom the fortunes - or misfortunes - have brought into our midst. Chief amongst this group of artists is Private M. Koelz, who has an outstanding oil portrait of a soldier playing the piano accordion against a background suggestive of Durham cathedral. The picture is lively, well executed and strikes a happy note.And the price (tell it not in Gath) is £200.' (Note this picture was exhibited again in Stafford in 1952. Its whereabouts since then are not known.) 

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