Oil on canvasboard painting of a greatly simplified vase with flowers, unframed, 16" by 12", signed at lower right "Dieter" and bearing on the reverse the title "Spring Bouquet" and "W. D. ZANDER/25 EAST END AVE/N.Y N.Y 10028". This is a work, possibly circa 1970's or 1980's, by a long-lived gentleman with an extraordinary life history, who happens to also be a very talented artist. Zander was born in Germany in 1915, and educated in Neuchatel, Switzerland. He was drafted into the German army in 1939 and was taken prisoner after seeing much action on a number of fronts, surrendering his batallion in Tunisia. Zander spent the war years in a prisoner of war camp in Kansas, where he was instrumental in helping authorities distinguish between hard-core Hitler sympathizers and those who might lead Germany after the war. After the war he returned to the USA after just a short time in Austria. After the war Zander went on to become a prominent business executive and advisor to other executives at the highest corporate levels. He was also involved in art reclamation and restitution efforts, regarding works found in Austrian salt mines. According to information taken from his website, Zander was also quite active in New York social circles, and still found the time to be a most talented artist himself, (calling himself a colorist), influenced by the likes of Kokoschka, Nolde, Kirchner, Kandinsky, Macke, Marc, (the German Expressionists) and, perhaps most obviously, Nicolas de Stael. His work has been exhibited in New York City galleries, and currently is offered online in the $4,000 to $8,000 price range. Zander died in 2013 just short of his 98th birthday. Since I do not see meaningful auction records, I am offering this example much more reasonably. The work is in generally good condition with just a little paint loss showing as small green areas at right.
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