Anton Kolig was born on the territory of today´s Czech Republic in 1886. From 1904 to 1906 he studied at the in Vienna. After that he visited the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1907 onwards. There he got to know Franz Wiegele and Sebastian Isepp, two artists from Nötsch, Carinthia. This resulted in joint stays in Nötsch. In 1911 he participated in the exhibition of the artist circle Hagen. He traveled to France in 1912 and returned in 1914. During World War I, he was recruited to do hismilitary service in Italy. In 1918 he returned to Nötsch. From 1928 to 1943 he worked as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In 1936 he was awarded the Austrian State Prize. He survived a serious injury caused by a bomb attack on Nötsch. The artist died in 1950 in Nötsch. Anton Kolig is the most prominent artist in the genre of Austrian color expressionism. He created a large body of works, while many of them disappeared. Due to its homoerotic affection, he frequently dealt with the nude male but also created portraits and nature morte. Many of his works also display Kolig´s religiosness. Together with Franz Wiegele, Sebastion Isepp and Anton Mahringer, Anton Kolig is member of the Nötscher Kreis. This is an artist circle whose name derives from the local reference.