oil on canvas
35 x 29 cm (13 3 /4 x 11 3/8 in.)
signed and dated lower right as well as signed twice, dated and inscribed 'XXI No. 137' on the stretcher, as well as inscribed 'Kaestner, (…)endenstr. 18b/München 23'
According to Dr. Michael Koch, the author of the catalogue raisonné Kanoldts paintings, the picture is called "Kapelle" (Chapel) and "Kapelle in Südtirol" (Chapel in South Tyrol) in the artist's papers, and depicts the chapel of the monastery Säben near Klausen in South Tyrol. This view of the monastery Säben in South Tyrol presents the complex's Eastern part in its full monumentality in front of the azure summers sky, despite its small format, due to the especially low viewpoint of the observer. The architecture, reduced to its basic geometric forms and colour surfaces, doing without any interior contures, just as the cloudless sky, is given its spatial and thus figurative effect only by means of the scene's lighting and the transitions of light and shade. This work was done two years after serving as an officer during the war and seven years after Kanoldt, together with Bechtejeff, Jawlensky and Klee joined the "Münchener Neue Sezession". It is kind of an anticipation of the body of work he produced in Italy from 1924, multi-perspective architectural landscapes and serene interiors that are characterized by solid block building, emphasis on structure and geometry and influence of CéProvenance available