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Alexander Max Koester

Ducks on a Sunny Morning

Property of a Private Collector, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Alexander Max Koester

Alexander Max Koester

Ducks on a Sunny Morning

Ducks on a Sunny Morning

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Property of a Private Collector, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania


Alexander Max Koester

1864 - 1932

Ducks on a Sunny Morning


signed A. Koester (lower right)

oil on canvas laid down on panel

canvas: 31 by 52¼ in.;78.7 by 132.7 cm

framed: 39⅛ by 59 in.; 99.3 by 149.8 cm

The canvas is laid down on panel. Slight lifting from backing at upper left corner. The paint surface is stable and in excellent condition. Slight frame abrasion at left edge. Circa 7 inch scratch at bottom left. Under UV light, varnish fluoresces green; areas of restoration visible from the tail of the rightmost duck through the water up to the facing bank; two small areas of retouching in the water at center, left of the swimming duck's beak, some scattered older retouching at left.



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Sale: Christie's, New York, 12 February 1998, lot 103
R. Stein and H. Koester, Alexander Koester 1864-1932: Leben und Werk, Recklinghausen 1988, no. 939, illustrated.
Celebrated for his paintings of ducks in particular, Alexander Koester, along with Heinrich von Zügel, was one of the most important Impressionist animal painters from the Munich School. He was initially encouraged by his family to pursue a career as a pharmacist but ultimately enrolled at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe. There, he trained under some of the most established painters in Germany, such as Carl Hoff, Claus Meyer, von Zügel, and Leopold von Kalckreuth. He began painting genre scenes of folk life and landscapes but later specialized in painting ducks, which would establish his reputation. His work was collected by European royalty and he was awarded medals for artistic achievement throughout Europe and the United States.