Villa Edmond About, Zabern (Hauseingang)
Oil on canvas 48.5 x 35.5 cm Framed. Signed and dated 'Kanoldt 1917' lower left and additionally signed, dated and titled 'Kanoldt 1917 Villa About Zabern' to the reverse of the stretcher. - In fine condition with fresh colours.
This work shows an appealing and mysterious view of a red and white house seen through the protective dark pine trees. The motif allows us to speak of a solid build-up of the pictorial structure. This work was painted during the First World War, probably during Kanoldt's military service in Alsace-Lorraine. According to Michael Koch it depicts the villa of the author Edmond About in Zabern/Saverne which is still existing today but has now been structurally altered.
The complementary contrasts of red and green, light and dark, rigidity and movement create an interesting composition. Despite the formal tension created by the numerous intersecting diagonals, the work still exudes a reserved spatial and tonal harmony. The striking architectural form and lack of signs of human inhabitancy underline the pathos of the image and already suggest the later “magical realism”.
We would like to thank Michael Koch, Munic,h for his kind, confirmatory information. The work will be included in the upcoming catalogue raisonné of Kanoldt's oil paintings.
Collection of Wilhelm Durand and Anne-Marie Durand-Wever, Bad Tölz/Munich (labelled to the reverse of the canvas and stretcher); in family possession since.