Wilhelm Kuhnert

Artist Bio

Born in Germany in 1865, Wilhelm Kuhnert showed early promise and prowess. While attending the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin, he learned to paint animals and landscapes en plein air–from life–as the Impressionists in France advocated. Three years later, Germany established the colony of German East Africa, which included Mt. Kilimanjaro, the rich game lands around the Rufiji River and parts of Maasailand. To an ambitious wildlife artist, the call of Africa was strong, and Kuhnert found a way to make the journey. For 15 years, at the head of long trains of bearers, Kuhnert would explore areas of Africa that few Europeans had ever seen, drawing and painting wildlife and people. Kuhnert’s nickname was “Lion” because of his skill at capturing the essence of the king of beasts.

Artwork to be Showcased

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Graphite
8 x 10 inches
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
Sold For: $ 1,989.00
Poised to Strike

Poised to Strike

Graphite
7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
Sold For: $ 1,872.00
Lion Pair

Lion Pair

Etching, edition number 5/60
8 x 9 3/4 inches
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
Sold For: $ 936.00
Lowe & Konigster

Lowe & Konigster

Etching, edition number 18/60 & 7/60
14 x 19 1/2 inches each
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 4,000
Sold For: $ 2,106.00
Lion on the Lurk

Lion on the Lurk

Oil on board
5 1/2 x 10 inches
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
Sold For: $ 32,760
On the Predatory

On the Predatory

Oil on board
17 x 32 inches
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 80,000
Sold For: $ 87,750.00
Lounging Lions

Lounging Lions

Graphite
10 x 18 1/2 inches
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 4,000
Sold For: $ 4,095.00
Lion

Lion

Oil on board
8 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
Sold For: $ 13,440.00
A Buffalo in a Marsh

A Buffalo in a Marsh

Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 72 1/4 inches
Estimate: $ 125,000 - $ 175,000
Sold For: $ 117,000.00
Reclining Tiger

Reclining Tiger

Watercolor
6 3/4 x 13 inches
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
Sold For: $ 16,380.00