Walter Helbig

Biography

Walter Helbig (b.1878-d.1968) was a German-Swiss painter, graphic artist and woodcutter. He studied at the Swiss Royal Academy of Fine Art and was part of the first exhibition of the Berlin Neue Secession in 1910 and the first exhibition of the “Modernist Covenant” in 1911 in Lucerne, Germany. He was also associated with the Der Blaue Reiter group.

Helbig’s art changed with the style of the times. A Modernist early on, he experimented with abstract expressionism after WWII and the art informel in the 1960s. He sought what he called “a new objectivity” in his late works.

His first major solo exhibition was held in Zurich in 1948. Today his works are held in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Ascona Museum of Modern Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, among others.