Enten, Reichenau. Um 1909/13. Oil on canvas. Stein 794 (with slightly differing dimensions). Signed in lower right. 72.5 x 118 cm (28.5 x 46.4 in).
• Extraordinarily strong composition with popular ducks on Lake Constance • Offered on the auction market first time in 100 years.
PROVENANCE: Collection Otto Hollmann, Bergneustadt (acquired directly from the artist). Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (inherited by today's owner).
"Whether alone or in groups - they reflect what is typical about the world of the ducks! and thus make a valuable contribution to an entertaining psychology, their coziness in the straw, their modest but happy life and their merriness, their gregariousness!” (quote from: Ruth Stein/ Hans Koester, Alexander Koester 1864-1932. Leben und Werk, Recklinghausen 1988, p. 46)