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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Alexander Koester
GERMAN
ENTEN IN FLACHEM SCHILFWASSER
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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471

PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Alexander Koester
GERMAN
ENTEN IN FLACHEM SCHILFWASSER
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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New York

Alexander Koester
1864-1932
GERMAN
ENTEN IN FLACHEM SCHILFWASSER
signed A. KOESTER (lower left)
oil on canvas
28 1/2 by 47 in.
72.5 by 119.4 cm
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Provenance

Sale: Christie's, London, June 26, 1987, lot 37, illustrated (as Enten im reflexlicht am seeufer)
Private Collection (and sold, Christie's, New York, May 23, 1991, lot 131, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale 

Literature

Ruth Stein and Hans Koester, Alexander Koester 1864-1932: Leben und Werk, Recklinghausen, 1988, n.p., no. 756, illustrated, pl. 65

Catalogue Note

Like the Impressionists, Alexander Koester was intrigued by the fleeting play of light on rippling water, leaves in the wind and the rhythmical qualities of ducks moving in gracious formation, giving his paintings a distinctly lyrical quality; it is likely no coincidence that Koester was an accomplished violinist and collector of the instrument. 

From their first exhibition in Berlin in 1899, Alexander Koester’s paintings of ducks have attracted significant acclaim. For Koester, it was not just ducks as wildlife that were of interest, but also the spontaneous effects of sunlight on the bird’s white, beige, and grey feathers and on the reflections in the rippling water. 

In the present work, Koester takes an elevated viewpoint that pushes the horizon out of the frame, directing the viewer’s focus to the group of ducks and the rose gold sunlight striking the pond’s surface. Koester has carefully studied these ducks in their natural habitat, staying true to his academic training and lending the fowl an endearing character and presence of their own.

19th Century European Art

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New York