Sale: 431 / Art of the 19th Century, May 25. 2016 in Munich Lot 97

 
97
Alexander Koester
Enten im Teich (Enten am Bach), Um 1909-1913.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 30,000 / $ 36.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Enten im Teich (Enten am Bach). Um 1909-1913.
Oil on canvas.
Stein 825. Signed lower right. 54.5 x 82 cm (21.4 x 32.2 in). [CB].

PROVENANCE: Art auction Bantele, Munich, 27 March 1976 (advertisement with illu. in Weltkunst 4/1976, p. 170).
Ketterer Kunst Munich, 261th auction, 1st December 2001, lot 16 (with color illu. in cat.).
Private ownership Southern Germany.

EXHIBITION: Commemorative exhibition Alexander Koester, Ständige Kunstausstellung der Münchener Kunstgenossenschaft, Maximilianstr. 26, Munich, 1933 (cat. no. 8849).

Essay
The artist regularly visited the region on Lake Constance as of 1908 in order to depict the vast water landscape in different kinds of weather. "In Koester's pictures the ducks symbolize the aspect of freedom in nature. He sees them in the play of sunbeam reflections without any aggressiveness and drama. This is also an explanation for the unique atmospheric value of his pictures, which is characterized by an affectionate observation of a peaceful moment in the animals' lives. A high degree of Realism, in line with best 19th century traditions, helps him to realize his intentions." (Mario-Andreas von Lüttichau, in: ex. cat. Munich et al 1985, Alexander Koester. Werke aus der Schenkung Else Eckhard, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich 1985, p. 27).
97
Alexander Koester
Enten im Teich (Enten am Bach), Um 1909-1913.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 30,000 / $ 36.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)