Smith & Singer
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, QUEENSLAND

ALEXANDER KOESTER
1864-1932

Ans Ufer (Enten)
To the Shore (Ducks)

Estimate $50,000 – $70,000

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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, QUEENSLAND

ALEXANDER KOESTER

1864-1932
Ans Ufer (Enten)
To the Shore (Ducks)

oil on canvas
signed 'A KOESTER' lower right
70 x 106 cm

  • Lot Sold $90,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $109,800 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

Private Collection
Impressionist and Nineteenth Century Art, Christie's, New York, 19 November 1998, lot 220, illustrated
Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salsburg
Private Collection, Queensland

Literature

Ruth Stein and Hans Koester, Alexander Koester 1864-1932: Leben und Werk, Aurel Bongers, Recklinhausen, 1988, cat. no. 754 (illustrated)

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Catalogue Notes

Born in Neustadt, Germany in 1864, Alexander K\xF6ster studied under Karl Heinrich Hoff and Claus Meyer at the Karlsruhe Academy and with Karl de Kalckreuth at Weimar. A skilled and versatile artist, he began his career working across portraiture, genre, still life and landscape. However, in the 1890s the artist settled in the Tyrolsese village of Klausen, on the shores of Lake Constance, where his focus narrowed to local, watery landscapes, often incorporating groups of swimming ducks. By the turn of the 20th century, this anatine specialization had earned him the sobriquet 'Duck K\xF6ster'; a duck painting won him a gold medal at the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, and they remain his most sought-after subjects.

The present work dates from the midpoint of K\xF6ster's career, in the years prior to World War I. It combines both the close observation and fine draughtsmanship of his early Naturalist works with the more Impressionist brushwork of his mature style, most notably in the loose painterly treatment of ripples, feathers and shoreline herbage.

Dr David Hansen

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Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design

AU0789  |  29 Jul 2014  |  Melbourne
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