Fiala describes the present work as follows: 'In the foreground is a lake, on the surface of which one sees the brownish reeds and the tall thick trees visible on the right hand side of the canvas. On the left hand side are two fir trees and a view of a forest in the distance. The dusk sky is yellowing; the green of the trees is darkening. It is a lyrical work delicately executed in the signature style of this sensitive master artist.' He notes the semi-erased signature and indistinct inscription 'To dear Yuri...' on the reverse.
Original canvas which canvas is very slightly warped through the centre. There are frame abrasions along all four edges and remnants of gold leaf are visible in places. There are stretcher bar marks, notably a fine horizontal crack through the sky. There is a very fine pattern of craquelure in places. The surface is dirty and the varnish layer has discoloured. The remains of a wax seal in the upper left corner is visible on the reverse. Inspection under UV light reveals very old restoration in the areas of sky and water and to the edges in places. Held in a gilt wooden frame with decorative mouldings. Unexamined out of frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."