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The Pool In Winter, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24, Signed, Lemon Gold Frame
Curator's Comments: Koeniger ( 1881-1943) was not committed to Impressionism, except as
a way of communicating the emotional resonance he found in nature. He was long bonded to
the Woodstock ground he new so well, often repeating its scenery throughout the seasons. A
plein-air painter,
especially in winter, he used fresh, glowing colors to convey the crisp,
vigorous mood of his settings. Koeniger was one of the three greatest American painters of
the snow, along with Birge Harrison and Walter Launt Palmer. But there is an important
difference in technique, with Harrison achieving resonant whiteness through his brushwork
and Palmer using luminescent violet and yellow to capture gleaming snow. Koeniger went
after a bleached extreme whiteness  and over the years altered his pigment with that intent;
unfortunately, this is now showing up as flaking in a number of  paintings emphasizing a
dominant white world and we are cautious in this regard. The
Winter Pool we offer is
perfectly stable and from an earlier period in Koeniger's work.
G. Frank Muller's memoir of Woodstock at this time refers to Koeniger's pursuit of the
moods of nature and the soft graduations of violet, purple, deep blue, and white, and do note
that Koeniger himself made reference to nature's silent places, clearly a theme found in
Winter Pool. Muller said Koeniger's purpose was to catch the spirit of nature and to capture
and hold the most fleeting moods, and he has done just that in this work, which clearly
expresses a waiting for spring that must come. The sky belongs to a perfect winter day
without building snow clouds. This is the pool we have all  been bathing in during the summer,
but it now possessed of an intense and deep cold, while remaining a vital source of potential.
Trout will awaken here once again in the spring, and the birch trees fulfill there promise. No
two trees in this painting are exactly alike--that is Koeniger's genius. Like others of his
Winter Pool is about mirroring, about the pond's endless reflections, about nature as
homologue, consistently beautiful in all its states, both in  winter and the coming spring.
Koeniger's Winter Thaw brought $18,000.
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Beautiful lemon Gold Frame