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Wilhelm Kuhnert (1865-1926)
signed and dated 'Wilh. Kuhnert/1912' (lower left) and numbered and inscribed 'no. 41/Siesta' (on a label on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
18 5/8 x 25¾ in. (47.3 x 65.4 cm.)
with The Fine Art Society Ltd, London.
with Leopold Hess, W. Berlin.
Private Collection.
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Siesta (catalogue raisonné no. 6459), depicts two lions resting outside their cave, sheltering from the heat of the sun. Only the lion acknowledges the viewer - proud and majestic, he holds the viewer's attention with a superior and confident gaze; with ears are pricked, he shows an alertness and willingness to act, should he so choose. His coat glistens, and mane regally frames his head, displaying his health, strength, and - above all - power, over both life and death. The viewer is a privileged guest, an audience in an exclusive realm, humbled by the presence of African royalty.

We are grateful to Dr Grettmann-Werner for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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