Sale: 532 / 19th Century Art, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 360

 

360
Alexander Koester
Vasenstillleben auf Mahagonitisch, 1926–193.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 7,360
Sold:
€ 8,750 / $ 8,050

(incl. surcharge)
Vasenstillleben auf Mahagonitisch. 1926–1930.
Oil on canvas.
Stein/Koester 999. Lower right signed. Verso of the canvas with two estate stamps and numbered. Verso of the stretcher numbered "CC 103" and with a label of the 'Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen' and an inventory number "AK 121". 54.5 x 74 cm (21.4 x 29.1 in).

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Dr. Ruth Stein, Stuttgart, dated January 9, 1997 (original).

PROVENANCE: Artist's estate.
Else Eckhard, Konstanz (inherited from the above, until 1973).
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen Munich, inv. no. AK 121 (gifted from the above in 1973, until 1993: Karl & Faber).
Private collection Bavaria.

EXHIBITION: Gedächtnisausstellung des weltberühmten Klausener Kunstmalers Alexander Koester, Dominikanerkirche, Bozen, 1956, cat. no. 20.
Karl & Faber, auction on March 17, 1997.

Alexander Koester is best known for his varied portrayals of ducks. Showing these works at art exhibitions in Germany from 1899 onwards, they became his most successful motif. However, his oeuvre also spans all other painting disciplines, from portrait and genre to landscape and still life. It is in these works that his broad impasto style of painting, which positively luxuriates in the color medium, came into its own. His style holds a special allure of materiality in which the color medium virtually remodels the portrayed flowers, vases, cloths or surfaces. He thus created vivid, almost haptic surfaces full of sparkle, reflections, effects, light reflexes and transparencies that reveal the essentially Impressionistic principle underlying his painting style, namely to capture the changing effects of light on the canvas and turn them into a visual experience. [KT]



360
Alexander Koester
Vasenstillleben auf Mahagonitisch, 1926–193.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 7,360
Sold:
€ 8,750 / $ 8,050

(incl. surcharge)