Löwen am Urwaldbach. Um 1911/12. Oil on canvas. Signed in lower left. Verso of the canvas once more signed, titled and inscribed "Berlin". Verso of the ´stretcher with a handwritten label inscribed with the artist's name and the title, and with more fragmentarily preserved labels. 78.5 x 136 cm (30.9 x 53.5 in). In the original artist frame.
Accompanied by a written expertise issued by Dr. Angelika Grettmann-Werner, Bremen, on October 7, 2019. The painting is registered in the unpublished catalog raisonné with the number 3298.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Commeter, Hamburg (verso of the frame with a gallery label) Private collection Northern Germany (in possession of the family for at least 60 years).
"I felt an ice-cold shiver. [..] Soundless like a specter, the head lowered, with hanging flews - I can see it all very clearly now -, he sidled along the reed down to the river. Then he crouched down and quenched his thirst. I could hear the sound of him gobbling and drooling. And his thirst was tremendous! Then he paused, and peeked in my diretcion. Did he notice me? Impossible! - I held my breath and indulged in the sight of this truly majestic animal." Wilhelm Kuhnert, Im Lande meiner Modelle, Leipzig 1918, p. 163.