Fine pencil on paper drawing of typical Bavarian (Garmisch) houses, dated at lower right August 2, 1880 and signed at lower left by the well listed German-American artist ROBERT KOEHLER (1850-1917). On the backing is written in red ballpoint "Framed DEC. 23, 1929/A.H. EBELING" and "Done by: R. Koehler- Artist-Intimate friend of my father- Ernest Dieterck Ebeling born in Hanover, Germany-Pencil sketch Garmisch - August 2, 1880-" Any traveler who has visited the region will confirm that the artist captured the charm of these large and impressive structures built to withstand difficult winters. Koehler was born in Hamburg and traveled to the United States with his family at age 4. Beginning in his early 20's he began to travel again, this time in an easterly direction, first to New York and then back to Germany (Munich) in 1873, where he studied with von Piloty and Ludwig Thiersch. A period of back-and-forth travel ensued, the young artist returning to New York, then back to Munich in 1879, at which time he studied further with Franz Defregger and developed friendships with William Merritt Chase and Frank Duveneck. Ultimately Koehler himself became a teacher, Alphonse Mucha one of his pupils. After 1893, Koehler moved to Minneapolis, thereafter becoming a pioneer of art instruction and appreciation in the Minnesota/Wisconsin region. Fine impressionistic oil paintings by the artist have sold at Sotheby's into five figures. This little drawing was apparently executed in the course of one of the artist's Germany trips. It is in excellent condition considering the age, with just a small brown stain near the signature. A more elaborate frame would be beneficial, the present black simple one being principally functional.
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