Fünf bunte Enten in blauem Seerosenwasser. Um 1909 /1913. Pastel on paper, laid on board. Cf. Stein 800. Signed in lower left. 44 x 66 cm (17.3 x 25.9 in). Duck motif from Lake Constance. [FS].
PROVENANCE: Collection Otto Hollmann, Bergneustadt (acquired directly from the aforementioned). Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (inherited by present owner from the aforementioned).
“Now what made Koester make such intense use of the pastel pen? Is their a special magic in them? […] The artist experiments with this technique, always ready to discover new things […], and to explore the means of paintings. We often admire the birght blue pastels in his painitngs in combination with the ducks' white plumage.” (quoe after: Ruth Stein/ Hans Koester, Alexander Koester 1864-1932. Leben und Werk, Recklinghausen 1988, p. 48)