Pond in Spring with Ducks
Oil on canvas board
Provenance: By descent from his gallery assistant.
Painting: 25 ½” x 24”
Frame: 20 ½” x 29”
Kaufman is known as a landscape and marine painter. Initially self taught, he studied with Marcke de Lummen in Paris as well as undertaking numerous study trips throughout Europe and the Orient. Kaufmann settled in Vienna in 1890 where he set up an atelier with Carl Freiherr von Merode and Henry Lester. He returned frequently to Paris, traveling as well through Normandy, Brittany and Belgium, often signing his work with the pseudonym “A. Guyot” - just one of many pseudonyms use by Kaufmann. He also came under the influence of the French Barbizon School, painting harmonious representations of forests, trees, brooks and small ponds.
Due to his outstanding talent, Kaufman enjoyed great prestige in Paris, receiving numerous medals and honors. As a member of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, he exhibited frequently at many major art venues including the Künstlerhaus, the Munich Glass Palace and the Great Berlin Art Exhibition. He also continued to travel and paint in Holland, the South Tyrol and the fjords of Norway.
Kaufmann’s works were popular among the aristocracy and became part of the collections of Napoleon III, Crown Princess Stephanie, Czar Nicholas II and Queen Isabella II among others. His paintings are also in several museums:
The Museum Opava (Czech Republic), the Art Museum of Istanbul and the Leopold Museum in Vienna.
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