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Oil Paintings by Alexander Koester, Germany 1864 to 1932
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Alexander Koester became a trainee apothecary in Wintzheim near Colmar. After finishing his apprenticeship he enroled at the Karlsruhe academy in order to study under Carl Hoff and Claus Meyer. In 1889 Koester travelled extensively and particularly while walking the Inn and Oetz valley, produced many sketches, the basis for a series of genre paintings. Already as a student, Koester earned his livelihood with portrait commissions. During this time he travelled for the first time to Klausen in Southern Tyrol where he would later settle. But for the time being he returned to Karlsruhe where he dedicated himself to genre painting and contributed to numerous exhibitions. After finishing his studies, he moved to Klausen where the new working conditions led him to great productivity. He painted numerous paintings directly from nature.He discovered a subject would preoccupy him for another thirty years: the duck.He produced reflecting surfaces and duck's feathers shimmering in shadow and light, reminicent of late-impressionism. In 1904 Koester was awarded the gold medal at the world fair in St Louis for his painting 'Enten'. He was awarded another gold medal by prince regent Luitpold of Bavaria for the painting 'Dem Ufer zu'. During the war Koester temporarily lived in Dießen am Ammersee and eventually settled there. He now dedicated himself to flower sill lifes, though the subject of the duck always remained highly visible in his works until the end.
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Six Ducks in the PondSix Ducks in the Pond by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0972-KA)
Mid Day SwimMid Day Swim by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0973-KA)
Enten in Wasser Unter BirkenEnten in Wasser Unter Birken by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0974-KA)
Enten am TeichEnten am Teich by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0975-KA)
Ducks on a LakeDucks on a Lake by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0976-KA)
Elf Enten Unter Birken und im WasserElf Enten Unter Birken und im Wasser by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0977-KA)
Forest PondForest Pond by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0978-KA)
The Swans LakeThe Swans Lake by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0979-KA)
The Swans LakeThe Swans Lake by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-0980-KA)
GansefutterungGansefutterung by  Alexander Koester (Painting ID: AN-1091-KA)