Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. His political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities. Heine spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris.
Georg Kolbe was born in Waldheim, Saxony in 1877. A member of the Berliner and the Freie Sezession, he first trained as a painter, but then began sculpting in a modern, yet classical style, which made him one of the most outstanding modern German artists in his time. Georg Kolbe died in Berlin in 1947.
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Heinrich Heine : Relief by Georg Kolbe; 1946, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2706F.