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1864 Neustadt - 1932 Munich.
Oil on canvas. Signed lower right.
Mainly known for the numerous depictions of ducks in his works, Alexander Koester's pronounced preference for the duck motif led to the nickname «Enten-Koester (duck-Koester)». However, he also painted numerous other themes, such as still lifes, landscapes and interiors. Here we see two women and a little girl in a parlour, busy sewing and enjoying a coffee break. In an impressionistic manner, Koester captures the light-flooded parlour and provides an insight into everyday life at the turn of the century. The loving gaze of mother to child lends the scene a cosy and touching atmosphere. He often depicted the same subjects with only a few modifications.
The present work is a variation on Alexander Koester's painting «Kaffeepause (coffee break)», recorded under catalogue raisonné 17, which was sold at auction at Christie's New York in 1992 (lot 79) for 100.000 US Dollars. A comparison of the two paintings shows only few differences. Composition, colour palette and signature are typical of the artist's genre paintings of the period between 1890 and 1898.
Provenance: private collection Northern Black Forest in third generation.
Catalogue raisonné: Stein/Koester 17 (cf.).