Bergneustadt bei Gummersbach 1864 - 1932 München
Alexander Koester was born on the 10th of February 1864 as the son of a sock factory worker in Bergneustadt at Gummersbach. He initially trained to become a pharmacist. He then went on to study art at the Karlsruhe Academy, which he financed with the help of selling portrait paintings. On his extensive travels primarily from walking the Inn and Oetztal countless sketches resulted, which served as a basis for future genre paintings. During his training as an artist he presented in 1891 with great success in Berlin Art Exhibition. 1896 he worked as a freelancer with his family in the South Tyrolean city Klausen, where he discovered the " nature study" which inspired him to a great creative productivity. His most famous motive was the "Duck". The "landscape with ducks" was the first time shown in an exhibition in Berlin in 1899, which got him great recognition and he earned his reputation as the "Duck Koester". In 1904 Koester was awarded the gold medal at the World Fair in St. Louis for the painting "ducks" and 1905 he was awarded the gold medal II. class of the Bavarian State by the Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria for the painting "The shore". Alexander Koester died on December 21, 1932 in Munich.