A small but nicely executed watercolor painting of the dramatic mountains surrounding Mexico's commercial capital, the city of Monterrey in Nuevo Laredo state in the northeastern part of the country. The work is signed in red at lower right "A. Hoeck" and dated there 1909. The artist was a relative of a Santa Monica, California artist who recently passed away, and this was found among her personal effects. At lower left again in red is "Mexico Monterrey", and interestingly, on the reverse, the artist has written a long handwritten note in hard to read old German script, dated 17 April 1909; charmingly, he wrote the note as if he were writing a post card; and he mimicked in ink "Carte Postale" (post card) as it was often printed on post cards in its day. The watercolor somewhere along the line acquired some brown stains in the distant mountain range, as shown. The style, depicting Mexican landscape, reminds of the watercolors of well-known German artist Auguste Lohr (1843-1919), who traveled the country at about that time, documenting its dramatic and exotic landscape, often in watercolor. Measurements of the watercolor are 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". There is a frame, as shown, but it is of low quality.
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