In 2016, KARL & FABER published a Catalogue raisonné for paintings by Adolf Erbslöh. During their research on this project, the authors constantly came across the artist Alexander Kanoldt (1881 Karlsruhe – Berlin 1939). What both painters had in common was not only their year of birth, 1881, but also their studies at the Großherzogliche Badische Akademie (Grand Ducal Academy of Baden). It was there that they met in 1901. This marked the beginning of a wonderful friendship that was to last for decades, with trips together to Croatia, Italy, London and Birmingham. Eight years after beginning their studies, the two artists were co-founders of the Neue Künstlervereinigung in Munich, together with artist colleagues such as Wassily Kandinsky and Alexej Jawlensky. In 1913, they became members of the Munich New Secession.
After many years of researching public and private collections, and aided in this by provenance research and the growing number of art works finding their way to market in the art and auction trade, the Kanoldt expert Dr. Michael Koch has been able to track down many if not all oil paintings by the artist. Particularly valuable for the reconstruction of the œuvre were black-and-white photographs of numerous paintings, though the whereabouts of the original works are in some cases no longer known today. The photographs had been part of the artist’s estate. In addition, Kanoldt’s official and private correspondence, which had been scattered among archives at home and abroad, provided revealing information. These documents, which had, for the most part, gone unpublished up to now, constitute a solid base for the Catalogue raisonné, which comprises more than 270 oil paintings. With this publication, the author as well as the publisher KARL & FABER have contributed to closing this gap in the scientific research.
„Alexander Kanoldt. 1881 – 1939. Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde“
Published by KARL & FABER, Munich
Author: Michael Koch
ISBN 978-3-7774-3144-4 (published October 2018)
Price: € 58
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